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.
The gubernatorial candidates participating are: Gov. Kay Ivey, State Sen. Bill Hightower, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Evangelist Scott Dawson.
Michael McAllister is also running for governor as a Republican.
The Mid-Alabama Republican Club February meets on the second Saturday of each month.
The event begins with breakfast and fellowship at 8:30 a.m. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.
MARC is one of the oldest Republican organizations in Alabama. It was founded by a small group of like-minded individuals, looking to exchange ideas and news in what was then a heavily Democratic state. Today, MARC has over 500 subscribers to its email updates, including elected officials though out the state. The group meets the second Saturday of every month, and gets updates from the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation, members of the Jefferson County Commission, and hears from a guest speaker. Meetings are free and open to all.
Today is the last day for major party qualifying so the field for governor will be set by the time of Saturday’s forum.
At this time last year, Robert Bentley was the governor of Alabama. In April, he resigned to avoid a likely impeachment and possible prosecution. His resignation elevated Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to the governor’s mansion. Ivey wants her own term as Governor; but Dawson, Battle, Hightower, McAllister, and a host of Democrats are also running for the office.
The major party primaries will be on June 5, 2018.