By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, officially qualified Thursday for the Republican primary.
Battle signed the paperwork in a gathering with his family, friends and supporters in a packed restaurant in Hoover.
“I’m running for governor because we’re in a battle for Alabama’s future, and I’m ready to lead us in a new direction,” Battle said. “While the ship of state may be settled, it is time to move it forward. Alabama has been stagnant for far too long, and I’m ready to get us moving forward.”