The Board of Directors of the Alabama Forestry Association’s political action committee, ForestPAC, has endorsed current Senator and President Pro Tempore of the Alabama State Senate Del Marsh for the General Election in Senate District 12 which encompasses all of Calhoun and parts of Talladega and Clay counties.
Seeking his fifth term, Marsh is facing AEA backed Democrat Taylor Stewart. During his first term as Senate President Pro Tem, Senator Marsh significantly reduced spending by cutting the office’s budget 65 percent. He was able to save taxpayers roughly $100,000 a month in personnel costs by reducing a staff of more than 40 under former leadership down to four.
Perhaps most notably, Senator Marsh spearheaded an effort to streamline various state government functions, including law enforcement and information technology, which will result in a projected savings of $100 million a year in taxpayer resources.
In his former role as Finance Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Marsh helped Republicans win all statewide offices and gain control of the state House and Senate for the first time in 136 years.
A small businessman, Senator Marsh is the former owner of an Oxford, Alabama-based engineering services and aircraft part repair company that employs roughly 150 people in the Calhoun County area.
He knew at an early age that business was his passion. By the time he went to college at Auburn University, he had started his first business detailing cars for local car dealerships. When he graduated in 1980, he was able to sell the business he built for a profit.
With more than three decades of experience in running a business, he understands the importance of job creation as it relates to the state’s economy and ventured into politics to push for legislation that encourages economic growth and protects small businesses.
Just like families and businesses across Alabama have to do, he believes government should live within its means and not spend more than it takes in. Tough economic times require making tough decisions, but he views the state’s challenging budget shortfalls as an opportunity to make state government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers.
Marsh grew up in Birmingham, the son of a car salesman. While working toward a degree in industrial management, he met his wife, Ginger, an Auburn University Cheerleader who was born and raised in Calhoun County. He and Ginger have two children, Justin, a graduate of both Auburn University and the University of Tennessee, and Christine, a graduate of Auburn University.