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Ivey touts law enforcement endorsements

Ivey accused “liberal-run cities” of taking the side of “rioters and street thugs” while “villainizing” officers.

Governor Kay Ivey gave remarks at the Back the Blue BBQ at the Cooks Museum of Natural Science Tuesday July 27, 2021 in Decatur, Ala. Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett is hosted Law Enforcement leaders from across North Alabama as well as Local, State and Federal partner agencies for a lunch to reconnect and reinforce the cooperation and partnerships of Law Enforcement. (Governor's Office/Hal Yeager)

Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday released a statement thanking the 31 law enforcement officials who have endorsed her for reelection.

“The men and women who serve our state in law enforcement put their personal health and safety at risk to keep our families and communities safe,” Ivey said. “Law and order is critical to the future of our state. For Alabama to meet its full potential, we will continue to depend on our brave law enforcement officers who serve selflessly every day to protect Alabamians.  

“In liberal-run cities across the nation we are seeing crime surge as elected leaders too often take the side of rioters and street thugs while villainizing those who serve and protect in uniform. That is failed leadership and unfair to law enforcement officers who put so much on the line for their communities. As long as I am Governor, I will always back the Blue and make sure that the men and women who put their lives at risk to keep us safe have all the support they need.”

Some of the supporting law enforcement officials gave their support in the released statement.

“Crime is skyrocketing in states across the country – but here in Alabama, we’re keeping our streets safe, said Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy. “Kay Ivey deserves a lot of credit for keeping what is happening in blue states out of Alabama, and I am happy to support her in her reelection.” 

“It’s no secret that law enforcement has been made the target of many on the left who choose to side with criminals and thugs over the officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect,” said Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack. “It means so much to us in the law enforcement community to have a Governor who supports us and backs the blue. I would encourage all of those who support law enforcement to support Kay Ivey at the polls on May 24.” 

The full list of law enforcement officials who have lent their support to Ivey includes: Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack, Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade, Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Clarke County Sheriff DeWayne Smith, Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton, Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman, Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson, Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton, Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby, Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver, Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms, Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza, Lawrence County Sheriff Max Sanders, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, Limestone County Sheriff Joshua McLaughlin, Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims, Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett, Pickens County Sheriff Todd Hall, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego, St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray, Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy, Walker County Sheriff Nicholas Smith, Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore, Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge, Vestavia Hills Police Chief Danny Rary, Robertsdale Police Chief Brad Kendrick, Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson and Enterprise Police Chief Michael Moore.

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