September 25, 2017

Battle Blog: An event with the Battle cousins, creating statewide success

We’ve traveled all across Alabama, some places several times now, as we bring our message to voters. As I write this, we’re on the road for another trip, this time visiting friends and supporters in the Auburn-Opelika area and holding some frank, candid meetings with community leaders.

But as I think about the momentum we’re building throughout the state and meeting new people, what we’ve done and are continuing to do in the Huntsville area remains a big, important part of the process.

We have a good foundation of local support from the people who have three times elected me as mayor of Huntsville, the last two times with record-breaking percentages of the vote.

The residents of north Alabama have seen the addition of more than 20,000 new jobs and the arrival of major companies in both the technological and manufacturing areas. They have benefitted from improved infrastructure and education. They join me in believing we can apply the same principles to work for the entire state, to improve our image and our quality of life.

We had a campaign event last week that was as much fun as it was productive. Many supporters gathered for a fundraiser in which we were joined by my cousin, Bill Battle. Many people know Bill as a former Alabama football player, then the head coach at Tennessee, then as a successful businessman before agreeing to serve as the Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama.

It was really something growing up in Birmingham, having a cousin who played on a national championship team at Alabama. But those were big footsteps to follow. Bill set the standard for all the cousins. It’s good to be on the same team with him now.

There is a bit of trivia that was pulled out when we announced our candidacy last spring, that no sitting mayor had ever been elected as governor. As I’ve told people, maybe that helps explain part of the problems we’ve seen in Montgomery.

Being governor of this state requires proven leadership, team-building skills, willingness to listen but strength to make decisions for the greater good, communication expertise and the energy that a mayor puts to use 365 days a year.

I think that’s why we’ve had such eager support from contributors and backers in the Huntsville area, who have seen our Battle Plan up close and personal and who realize it how it can be applied to better the future of all of us in Alabama.

We need your support to make that better future possible.