Huntsville, Alabama Mayor Tommy Battle, in his third term as mayor, announced on Friday that he will be running for governor of the state in 2018.
The announcement surprises no one. Four years ago he seriously considered running against former Gov. Robert Bentley before deciding against it.
Former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George, who challenged Bentley four years ago, is also in. Others considering include Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, chair of the Alabama Public Service Commission, and Kay Ivey, who became governor when Bentley resigned earlier this month, and is eligible to run.
Battle will run as a Republican. Interesting bit of trivia is that no mayor in the history of Alabama has ever been elected governor.
Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and candidate for governor in 2006 and 2010, has opted to run for Jeff Sessions senate seat in a special election to take place in December 2017. Moore had been considered a potential candidate for governor, and was polling way out in front in hypothetical matchups with other contenders.
Here’s of bit of fluff from Mayor Battle announcing his candidacy. And don’t you know he will be a “battling” governor.
Safe Republican seat here. As for the primary, it’s anyone’s guess.