On Sept. 7, Gov. Kay Ivey made it official, and announced she will run for a full term as Alabama’s governor. Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of Alabama April 10, after Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in the midst of an ethics investigation. Gov. Ivey called the events leading up to her taking over the governor’s office “one of the darkest time’s in our state’s memory,” but said she felt successful in having “steadied the ship” of state.
Nearly a month before officially announcing her plans, Gov. Ivey filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office, on Aug. 18, to form a principal campaign committee. Within a few weeks, AL.com reports, she had collected $1 million in campaign contributions.
Shortly after taking office, Gov. Ivey embarked on a “listening tour” of the state, visiting various communities to find out their concerns. After the drama and secrecy that marked Bentley’s last days in office, it’s likely voters are relieved to feel that someone is now listening to them.
In her first campaign video, Gov. Ivey talks about growing up in the Black Belt and visiting her family’s cattle farm on the weekend with her dad. While the ad has folksy appeal likely to connect with voters on a personal level, keep in mind Gov. Ivey is no naïve farm girl. She has an impressive record of public service and experience.
Gov. Ivey is the state’s second female governor. She served as Alabama’s Lieutenant Governor from 2011 to 2017, and was the first Republican woman to serve in that role. She also served as Alabama State Treasurer from 2003-2011.
Other Republicans vying for the nomination are Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Birmingham evangelist Scott Dawson, state corrections officer Stacy George, state Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile, Birmingham businessman Joshua Jones and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan. On the Democratic ticket, Sue Bell Cob has announced her candidacy. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who is considering a run, definitely has a future in Alabama politics. However, it might be best for this rising star to sit this one out.
Gov. Ivey will be extremely difficult to beat. Thus far she has done everything right. In fact, I will go on record at this juncture and predict that she will win a full term as governor of our state.
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