January 13, 2014 – Birmingham, Ala. — Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey traveled to Birmingham early Monday morning to be the first statewide candidate to qualify for the 2014 elections. Qualifying began Monday, January 13 at 9:00 AM at the Alabama GOP Headquarters in Birmingham.
“I am encouraged by the strong support I have received since announcing I was seeking re-election. The people of Alabama appear pleased with the efforts and leadership of Governor Bentley and the Republican-lead legislature during the past three years,” Ivey said. “We have made significant improvements to streamline state government and create new jobs for Alabama workers without raising taxes, while operating the state with sound budgets. I am honored to contribute to these historical achievements while serving as Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.”
Ivey is the current Lt. Governor and former two-term State Treasurer. Her announcement in June, along with commitment to qualify early and strong financial strength reflects broad support she has from across the state as she prepares to seek a second term. Ivey raised $468,000 in 2013 and reported $409,000 cash-on-hand according to the year-end report filed with the Secretary of State.
Lt. Governor Ivey has already received two key endorsements from statewide grassroots organizations—the Alabama Forestry Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. Other leaders endorsing Ivey include 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney, Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner, along with several Senators.
After submitting her qualifying papers and fee, she met with Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead to thank him for his continued leadership and his efforts to implement early qualifying requirements resulting from ongoing litigation between the State of Alabama and the Department of Justice over military and overseas voting deadlines.
“As I prepare to gavel in the Alabama Senate to begin the 2014 legislative session, I look forward to campaigning in the coming months and earning the support of voters as I continue my commitment to public service to help move this state forward with sustainable solutions to meet new challenges and grow our economy to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians in the 21st century,” Ivey said.
Secretary of State Jim Bennett announced that qualifying for all major party candidates for 2014 would close on Friday, February 7 at 5:00 PM.