HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he is not running for governor of Alabama.
He made the announcement just now on his website, TommyBattle.com.
Battle is in his second term as Huntsville’s mayor. He has been considering the run for several months, and says he’s still got work to do in Huntsville. Battle will speak about his decision today at 2 p.m.
“We still have work to do in Huntsville; our vision for what we can be, for the things we can do, isn’t finished,” Battle said in a longer statement on his website. “The challenges and opportunities we have here and across our state are real and you have my commitment that we will face them head-on.”
Governor Robert Bentley is seeking re-election as a Republican, and Stacy George, former Morgan County Commissioner, has also said he will seek the Republican nomination.
The Republican primary is June 3. The general election is November 4.
Candidates have until February 7 at 5 p.m. to qualify with the state Republican and Democratic parties.