News & Updates
January 17, 2018
Depending on your perspective, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has either 1.6 billion reasons or 4,000 reasons why he hasn’t yet formally qualified to run for governor.
It’s either because Toyota-Mazda is going to build a $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville-annexed land in Limestone County or because it will create 4,000 jobs.
The months-long courtship culminated last week with the announcement that Toyota-Mazda had chosen north Alabama as its new home.
So when the qualifying window opened last week for the 2018 election cycle, Battle said he was a little preoccupied.
He will file his qualifying papers with the Alabama Republican Party and pay his qualifying fee in a ceremony Thursday in Hoover, Battle’s campaign announced Wednesday.
Candidates have until Feb. 9 to qualify for the 2018 election cycle.
“Securing those jobs for Alabamians was of the up most importance to me,” Battle said in a statement. “Now that we’ve captured this $1.6 billion economic investment that will provide jobs to Alabamians for decades, I can turn my attention to my campaign to become Alabama’s next governor.”
And you’ll likely be hearing “Toyota-Mazda” literally every time Battle speaks on the campaign trail.
In fact, he’ll be talking about it more Wednesday when he signs a document of another type – the project development agreement with Toyota-Mazda in a ceremony at Huntsville City Hall – along with Limestone County Commission chair Mark Yarbrough and Hundley Batts, the chair of the Industrial Development Board for the city of Huntsville.
The Huntsville city council last week approved a $320 million incentive package for Toyota-Mazda. Altogether, Battle said Toyota-Mazda is getting between $800-900 million in incentives to come to Alabama.
Battle is second in fundraising to Gov. Kay Ivey in the governor’s race, having received more than $1.2 million in donations so far.