pate beats dial

Rick Pate Beats State Sen. Gerald Dial in GOP Runoff for Agriculture Commissioner

Lowndesboro Mayor and farmer Rick Pate has defeated longtime state Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) for the Republican nomination for commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The 63-year-old Pate led the 80-year-old Dial and three other candidates in the primary in June, but he didn’t get enough votes to win the nomination outright. He widened his lead in…