Gubernatorial candidates attend Vestavia Hills forum

February 13, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 10, 2018, the Mid Alabama Republican Club held the first Republican primary gubernatorial forum at their regular meeting in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

“This is what Alabama is about,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “We believe in starting meeting with prayer, with the pledge.  We have the fifth largest National Guard in the country.”

Battle said that he moved to Huntsville in 1980, and then started his first restaurant.

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Marriage equality activist Chris Countryman qualifies for governor

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Chris Countryman was the first 2018 candidate to declare for governor, but he was one of the last candidates to formally qualify.

Countryman is telling voters that he will give them their state back. Countryman, a marriage equality activist, is running in the Democratic primary. Major party qualifying ended at 5 p.m. on Friday.

“It is a new day in Alabama. A new chance to bring people together, a new chance to change lives,” Countryman said in a statement. “A new day to break down walls of division and of discourse. A chance to show the world that there will be ‘No Divide.’ That our spirits won’t be stopped, and our resolve to bring a new era of hope to Alabama citizens will not be taken away from us by any form of government.”

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GOP governor’s race candidates to address MARC on Saturday

February 9, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 gubernatorial race kicks off on Saturday when most of the Alabama GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Speak at a forum in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club will be hosting the forum at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.

“We’re very excited to having this event. This is a great opportunity for people to come out and hear about the candidates’ vision for Alabama first hand, so they can make an informed decision in the upcoming primary,” MARC President, former Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, said.

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Scott Dawson will officially qualify for governor’s race today

February 1, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Scott Dawson will officially qualify as a Republican candidate for governor.

Dawson will qualify on-air on the popular Rick and Bubba Show in Vestavia Hills. The Alabama Republican Party has online registration, which Dawson will fill out live on the radio between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.

“We need a vision for Alabama that everybody can buy into,” Dawson told the Alabama Political Reporter in June. “It takes more than just one man sitting in an office in Montgomery making plans. We need both Houses of the State Legislature to buy in. We need to get the mayors and the county commissioners involved. We need everybody in the State working together to make Alabama better so that kids that grow up in Alabama can stay in Alabama, and have successful lives here, so that we don’t have to get on a plane to go visit our grandkids.”

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Zeigler decides not to run for governor

January 28, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler announced that he will not be a candidate for governor and is dissolving his exploratory campaign.

“It is just not my time,” Zeigler said in a statement.

Zeigler, who has just completed three years of a four-year term as auditor, now has until the Feb. 9 deadline to decide whether to seek a second term as state auditor.

Zeigler declined to endorse anyone in the Republican field but did have positive comments on the remaining GOP candidates for governor.

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Hightower qualifies for governor’s race

January 25, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Alabama State Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, formally qualified with the Republican Party of Alabama to appear as a candidate for governor.

“I am excited about this next step in our journey. We have focused our campaign on my strong conservative record of reform, our conservative vision for Alabama’s future, and our commitment to the people of Alabama that tomorrow will be better than today,” Hightower said. “We can do better. The outpouring of support we have received from all corners of the state has been humbling. I am confident that with the support of my family and the thousands of Alabamians who are rallying behind our message that we will bring the change necessary to turn Montgomery around.”

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Tommy Battle officially qualifies for governor’s race

January 19, 2018

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.”

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Ivey qualifies for governor’s race

January 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey formally qualified for the 2018 Republican primary election at the Alabama Republican Party headquarters in Hoover, Alabama.

“This is an exciting day,” Ivey said. “I am a conservative and I want to continue to fight for Alabama families.”

Ivey said that since she has risen to governor, “Unemployment is now at an all-time record low. We are cleaning up Montgomery, and we are restoring conservative values to state government. We will continue to fight for more jobs and higher pay, safer streets, and improved schools for everyone.”

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Josh Jones announces he will not run for governor

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman Josh Jones formally announced Thursday that he had suspended his campaign for governor as a Republican.

“I am thankful for the incredible people of Alabama,” Jones said. “Thank you for all the support and prayers through this process. Though this campaign has come to an end may we bind together and not let the establishment and ‘Old Alabama Politics’ continue to lead our great State into mediocrity. May God’s grace deliver a Statesman to lead!”

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Kay Ivey maintains lead in fundraising

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the end-of-year campaign finance reports for gubernatorial candidates were made public on the Secretary of State’s website. Gov. Kay Ivey continues to maintain a substantial fundraising lead over all of her Republican opponents.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle finished the year with $1,190,303 in cash on hand. $974,430 less than Ivey has in her account.

Ivey reported going into the new year with $2,064,733 in cash.

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