Mayor Battle Promises Announcement On Governor’s Race “In A Couple Of Days”

Posted on: 4:06 pm, January 8, 2014, by , updated on: 04:07pm, January 8, 2014


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – At the right time of day, you’ll catch the state flag casting a shadow against the monolith of Huntsville City Hall.

Up on the eighth floor, Tommy Battle weighs one against the other, considering a run for governor.

We sat down with him back in August of last year, and he made this promise, “I’ll make my decision by first of the year.  That is a shortened period, but it is a time to be able to talk to people, to evaluate, to make sure that you can achieve what you need to for the city of Huntsville and make a decision.”

The barren trees and brutally cold air tell us the time has come.  The mayor’s answer?

“We’ll be making an announcement in a couple of days,” Battle said on Wednesday.

Battle takes time to assure his first priority remains city government.

“There’s a lot of things on the plate for the City of Huntsville right now.  That’s the job that I was elected for and elected to do, so we’re looking at that and seeing if the other fits in,” he said. “But priority number one is being mayor of the City of Huntsville.”

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

He adds that the administrative duties he has create an interest in the governor’s office, but no others.

We asked directly: “Is there any other office you’re also considering running for?”

Battle said “No.”  Twice.

Meanwhile, the decision on the governor’s office should trickle down from the eighth floor soon.


  • Michael Kewl says:

    After the ‘road deals” he cut for Huntsville with Montgomery his answer will be ‘yes’!

  • Ray says:

    After raising our sales tax 1%, just think the damage he could do as governor with state taxes.

  • Wake Up says:

    Ray, everyone knows that Republicans do not raise taxes! Hehe

  • Michael says:

    If you run Mayor Tommy I will campaign and vote for you.

  • Harvey says:

    After raising sales tax, You will not get my vote for Mayor or Governor.

  • Bob says:

    Tommy Battle hasn’t a prayer. Besides, Rex Reynolds has enough people fooled into thinking he’s a great guy, let him run for mayor.

  • Bob says:

    You mean there are still offices in the falling apart city hall? They have guts staying in that place.

  • Bill says:

    Mayor Battle talks out both sides of his depending on who he’s talking too.(sign of a good politican). He and John Hayes are two peas in a pod. The road deal will pad the pockets of John Hayes and he will in return finance Tommy’s run for Governor.
    Just like the monkey’s on Capital Hill, their out for themselves, NOT for those who put them in office!!!!

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