Mayor Tommy Battle Says He’s Not Running for Governor

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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,

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.


  • Aerhae Starza

    As the new legislative session begins, in the midst of creating the code that governs Alabama, a lot of government leaders have re-election on their minds.

    You can see it from the very top.

    Governor Robert Bentley has steadily amassed a significant war chest to fight this year’s battle.

    The governor’s latest campaign finance report wrapped up 2013 and it shows $2.7 million at his disposal.

    By contrast, Bentley’s only filed competitor, Stacy George, reported $9.59 cents in his coffers.

    With that kind of disparity, you can see the governor letting up on his ruthless fundraising trail. Except, he doesn’t.

    The governor raised $576,000 in December alone. George brought in $15.

    As for campaign expenditures, George did dole out $63 and change. The governor spent just over $102,000.

    If you’re curious, it means the governor spent about 1,600 times as much money, and his cash reserves are 233,802 times as large.

    As for how Bentley built such a lead, the governor takes money from all kinds of sources – individuals, businesses, and political action committees.

    But the money he takes doesn’t stand out on his forms as much as the money he returns.

    He gave up $5,000 from the Alabamafirst PAC and another $10,000 from the First Decade PAC.

    A spokesperson for the Bentley campaign tells us the money came in during a fundraiser for the governor, so it wasn’t vetted upon receipt.

    However, when the governor’s team examined the donations before cashing them, they decided to reject the pair because of a conflict on interests.

    These PACs deal in pharmaceuticals, which means there could be a conflict with decisions the governor will make over the next few months about Medicaid reforms.

    Both PACs list the same address, same chairperson, and same treasurer.

    It’s worth noting Bentley has accepted donations from PACs with ties to numerous industries that he could impact.

    They include a donation in December from CAREPAC, a group tied to nursing home interests.

    I’m pretty sure this is one reason as to why Tommy did not run.Maybe he should of ran as a Democrat.

  • Tim

    Too bad. I was hoping we would get him out of office here so we could get our city headed in the right direction again.

    • Sandra Gray

      Tim – What would be some ideas that would get our city headed in the right direction? Not being sarcastic – just wanting to read some fresh ideas for Huntsville’s future. Thanks!

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