April 7, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidate Visits Guntersville

April 7, 2018

Tommy Battle, Alabama gubernatorial candidate and current Huntsville mayor, spoke to the Marshall County Republicans last Tuesday night.

The Marshall County Republicans meet the first Tuesday of every month at Wintzell’s in Guntersville. For the club’s April meeting, five different state candidates spoke.

Battle was the lead speaker followed by candidate for state treasurer and current Agricultural Commissioner, John McMillan; attorney general candidate Chess Bedsole; and Michelle Thomason and Christy Edwards, both candidates for Civil Court of Appeals.

Battle is running against a field of five other Republican candidates, which includes Scott Dawson, Bill Hightower, Michael McAllister, Slade Blackwell and incumbent Kay Ivey.

His message to the club last Tuesday night centered around the work he has done in Huntsville over the last several years.

“We’ve seen job growth in Huntsville, which has in turn helped surrounding cities and communities like Guntersville,” he said. “We made a big push to advertise what Huntsville has to offer with the slogan, ‘Huntsville, A Smart Place.’ As governor, I would implement the same kind of ideas for the entire state. Alabama has so much to offer from technology to entertainment and potential careers for young kids graduating.”

Battle told a story about his wife and son having a hand in his inspiration to run for governor.

“My wife wondered why I would want to run for governor when we’ve already accomplished so much in Huntsville,” Battle said. “She also wondered why I would want to put myself into a political climate like Montgomery. My son really inspired me by doing something recently. After college, he moved off to a big city. He decided to come home because Huntsville has so much to offer career-wise. I feel like we can do that at the state level.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidates are Sue Bell Cobb, Christopher Countryman, James Fields, Walt Maddox and Anthony White. Maddox will speak to the Marshall County Democratic Club Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Guntersville Library.

The other Republican candidates for office in attendance at the meeting last Tuesday night spoke about their platforms and gave some information on how they can be reached.

Republicans running for local positions were also in attendance. The included Wes Kitchens, candidate for House of Representatives District 27; Joey Baker and Ryan Morton, both candidates for Marshall County Commission District 4; Dawn Lewis, candidate for Marshall County District 1; Phil Sims and incumbent Scott Walls, both candidates for Marshall County Sheriff; Andrea LeCroy, candidate for Probate Judge; Angie Johnson and Kara Groves Bevill, both candidates for Circuit Clerk and Cody Nugent and Brent Durbin, both candidates for Coroner.

The Marshall County Republicans will meet again on May 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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