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About: Meet Tommy Battle

Tommy Battle has never been afraid of hard work. He was born in Birmingham and had his first job working in his dad’s restaurant when he was 14. To call him a “bus boy’s assistant” would be a promotion. Tommy went to Berry High School and spent his summers working to pay for college.

Shipyards in Mobile, ovens in Birmingham, usually living in boarding houses.

He took that work ethic with him to the University of Alabama. He studied business, served on the SGA, and competed with Alabama’s champion debate team – though it was in the Alabama Republican Party where he found his passion for public service.

Tommy will tell you it wasn’t easy to be a conservative Republican in what was once a very blue Alabama. Still, he kept working, serving as the chairman of the University’s College Republicans in 1975 and later as chairman of the state College Republicans.

After college, his first job was as manager of Britling on the Highland in Birmingham. He moved to Huntsville in 1980 and was elected to the city council in 1984.

Tommy started Battle Real Estate in 1992 and knows few things will make you more conservative than running a small business – something he did six times before being elected as Huntsville’s mayor.

That happened in 2008. The lifelong conservative values he grew up with shaped a campaign focused on fiscal responsibility, a streamlined government that supported free enterprise, economic development, education, and creating jobs.

He was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016, receiving more than 80% of the votes cast in both elections.

Everything Tommy has done in his life has been built on the conservative values he learned from his dad at that first job way back when.

Mayors don’t have anyone to pass the buck to. They roll up their sleeves and find a way to get the job done.

For Huntsville and North Alabama, that’s meant creating more than 24,000 new jobs, building $500M new roads and $250M in new schools.   Tommy has done that while keeping his government conservative and responsible and receiving 8-straight Triple-A credit ratings and generating $4B in economic investment for the city.

Through those achievements, Tommy still says he’s most proud of his family, in particular, his wife of 28 years, Eula and son, Drew. Drew lives in Huntsville with his wife, Lauren, and their son George.

More About Tommy

  • Tommy is a small businessman and worker that has dedicated his life to his conservative values
  • First job was bussing tables when he was 14 at his dad’s restaurant
  • Longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Married to wife, Eula, for more than 27 years
  • Son, Drew, and Daughter-in-Law, Lauren, welcomed Tommy and Eula’s first grandchild, George, in april 2015
  • Award winning barbecue cook
  • Loves listening to The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Harry Chapin, and Simon & Garfunkel
  • Was a member of The University of Alabama’s championship winning debate team
  • Was president of UA’s College Republicans in 1975 and later served as chairman of the state’s College Republicans organization

About: Meet Eula

Inspired by her first teachers, Eula Battle has devoted her life to education as an award-winning teacher, advocate and founder of an organization that supports educators and students.

Eula, wife of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, is Executive Director of Free 2 Teach, a Huntsville-based non-profit that provides teaching material, classroom equipment and school supplies for some 89 schools, with a potential reach of 52,000 students.

Free 2 Teach has grown from a project managed from her garage when it was opened in January 2012 to an operation that distributed nearly $1 million in supplies during the 2016-17 school year from its 10,000-square foot warehouse. Free 2 Teach has been supported by the generosity of the Huntsville community that has donated previously owned equipment and materials for teachers and funds to assure students have new supplies.

A teacher for 26 years, she is an especially strong advocate for Pre-K education to provide a solid foundation for the primary and secondary levels.

Eula Battle was born in Huntsville in 1955, one of five children of Dr. Robert and Calvert Sammons, and named for her fraternal grandmother. (Her siblings are Robert, Calame and Bill Sammons and Susan Sullins.) She attended Blossomwood Elementary, Huntsville Junior High and Huntsville High, then graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.

Among her early teachers were Doris Anne Little and Mickie Holmberg, both of whom inspired her and set her on course to become a teacher. Said Eula, “They were so kind and loving, I wanted to be like them myself.”

She taught at elementary and middle schools in Georgia for five years before returning to Huntsville, becoming a kindergarten teacher at Monrovia Elementary, where she spent 23 years. She was named Madison County Educator of the Year in 2000. She retired from teaching in 2005 after three years at Greengate School, which specializes in working with students with language-based learning difficulties. Her husband was embarking on his first term as Mayor of Huntsville “and I knew I couldn’t give the 150 percent I needed to give to teaching.”

In March 1988, she met former restaurant manager and local real estate developer Tommy Battle, who was serving on the Huntsville City Council and launching a campaign for mayor. Some of their earliest dates were spent going door-to-door on campaign visits. They were married in December of that year after Battle returned to private business. They have Drew, daughter-in-law Lauren, and grandson George.

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