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Battle accepts debate in governor’s race

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By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle said he was interested in debating sitting Gov. Kay Ivey for the upcoming election.

Ivey’s campaign told the Associated Press last week that she would take part in a debate against her opponents.

Battle, who is Huntsville’s Mayor, accepted the request this week, and stipulated that he wanted the seven debates in all of Alabama’s Congressional districts.

“It is vital that voters have as many opportunities to hear candidates debate the issues and share their vision and plans for the state,” Battle said in a statement. “Simply doing one debate is not enough.”

According to Battle, he has reached some milestones in his campaign that no other candidate has. Battle touts his over 1,000 contributions and his trek across Alabama, which took him to all of the state’s counties.

Battle is also putting his record as Huntsville’’s mayor on the table to counter Ivey’s record as governor. During his time as a Huntsville mayor, Battle said he brought thousands of jobs to the city including the recent Toyota-Mazda plant that was recently announced.

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Ivey, Battle, state Sen. Bill Hightower and Evangelist Scott Dawson all face a competitive race that will come to a head in the June primary less than 3 months away.

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If there is no runoff, the winner will face their Democratic opponent later in the year.

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