In a special called meeting last week, The Board of Directors of the Alabama Forestry Association’s political action committee, ForestPAC, announced that it has endorsed Dr. Larry Stutts for the General Election in Senate District 6 which encompasses Colbert and Franklin counties and parts of Lauderdale, Lawrence and Marion counties.
Dr. Stutts is running against long-time incumbent Senator Roger Bedford (28 years in the Alabama Senate). This is a difficult challenge and to his credit, his hard work has made this a very close race.
To our knowledge, AFA is the only major Alabama association to go against the powerful incumbent and endorse Dr. Stutts. The decision to endorse Stutts was based on the conclusion that he shares and advocates our core principles of (1) limited government, (2) protection of private property rights, (3) promotion of free markets and (4) adherence to the Rule of Law.
Larry Stutts was born at Colbert County Hospital (now Helen Keller Hospital) in Sheffield, Alabama in May, 1954. Growing up in Cherokee, Alabama, the son of an accountant and a registered nurse, Larry was instilled with the core values of honesty, hard work, belief in God, and respect for others. These core values define him today. In high school Larry’s interest in government grew as he represented Cherokee Vocational High School at the American Legion’s Boys’State. He was also an avid athlete, playing basketball and running track for Cherokee.
Upon graduation, Larry left Cherokee and moved to Auburn to attend Auburn University. While at Auburn, he was active in numerous campus activities during the school year. In the summer months, he came back to Cherokee to help his family on their farm. His dedication to his studies was rewarded through early acceptance to Veterinary School. While attending veterinary school Larry served in Student Government, was elected Inter-Fraternity Council President and tapped into the Spade Honorary (top 10 men at Auburn). He was graduated from Veterinary School in May of 1979 and moved just across the Alabama state line to work as a veterinarian in Columbus, Georgia. Larry remained close to the Auburn campus to visit his future wife, an Auburn pharmacy student, Jackie, from Donalsonville, Georgia. Upon her graduation from Auburn University in August of 1980, the couple married and moved back to Larry’s hometown of Cherokee.
After opening and running a veterinary practice for three years, Dr. Stutts returned to college where he received a degree in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Larry was elected class representative all four years of medical school and served as President of the Medical Student Body his senior year. In 1992, Larry opened Colbert OB/GYN. Today his practice has served over 18,000 patients. He has delivered more than 10,000 babies and performed over 7,000 gynecologic surgeries.
Dr. Stutts believes “the vision of our founding fathers was for citizen-legislators in public service, not career politicians.” Although he has never before run for office, as a member of the health care profession, he knows that his experience and knowledge will be an asset in the State House. Dr. Stutts stated that he is “ready, willing and able to fight the overreach of the federal government in forcing ObamaCare on our citizens. Local communities and local hospitals are struggling to meet basic needs. The system can be improved with less regulation and more free-enterprise principles.”
While he has never run for political office, Dr. Stutts has always been active in his community. He is president of the Quad-Cities Auburn Club, on the Board of Directors for the Colbert County Red Cross, on the Board of Directors and Membership Chairman of the Tuscumbia Kiwanis Club, President of the Colbert County Cattlemen’s Association, on the Board of Directors and former Chairman of Covenant Christian School, on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Alabama Healthcare Authority and an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Tuscumbia.
In addition to being a medical doctor, Dr. Stutts still owns and operates the farm that has been in his family for three generations. Larry and Jackie have four children: Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sarah and Collins.