HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The race for governor of Alabama just picked up another candidate. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has officially announced his candidacy to be Alabama’s next governor.
In a statement released by ‘Battle for Alabama,’ Battle says:
“For too long, the people of Alabama have seen our values come under attack. Alabama has endured corruption instead of opportunity. Scandal instead of education. Embarrassment instead of pride.
We’re not just in a battle for Alabama’s values, we’re in a battle for Alabama’s future. I’m running for governor because I’m ready to lead that fight.”
Battle grew up in Birmingham. He has served has served as mayor for eight years.
“Our state’s challenges are real and they can’t wait,” said Battle. “Politicians talk; leaders get things done. It’s time we had a state government that talks less, listens to our people, and gets things done for them.”
Battle added, “As a mayor, you simply don’t have the option of leaving a mess for someone else to clean up.We make decisions. Sometimes tough decisions that will impact the lives of our cities and residents. That’s what we’re trusted to do.”
During his time in office, Battle met quarterly with the mayors of Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa to find solutions to issues they say were passed to them by the state.
“When we work together, we can do great things for our entire state,” said Battle. “It’s time we make Alabama stronger for all of us.”
Battle emphasized his gubernatorial campaign will focus on bringing communities across Alabama’s 67 counties together to create new opportunities in economic development, infrastructure, roads, education, and job creation.
“This campaign isn’t going to be against anyone,” said Battle. “It’s going to be for Alabama.”
The release from ‘Battle for Alabama’ lists a number of achievements Battle has achieved during his time as mayor:
Under his leadership, more than 17,000 new jobs have been created for the area, including the addition of Remington Arms Company and Polaris. Battle’s conservative management has generated more than $2.5B in economic investment for Huntsville and has earned the city eight straight Triple-A credit ratings. When faced with Montgomery’s decision to cancel long-standing commitments on area road projects, Battle worked with community and elected leaders to find a pay-as-you-go solution to build more than $500M in roads and infrastructure. He has taken a fiscally conservative, results-driven approach to creating new jobs and better opportunities for Alabamians.
In 2016, Battle worked with leaders across the state to support the Major 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act. Approved unanimously by the Alabama State Legislature and overwhelmingly by state voters, the act gave more authority to local leaders in communities pursuing major economic development and job creating projects.
As mayor, Huntsville has built more than $250M in new school facilities, and in 2010 he launched the Mayor Battle’s Book Club, a program which has provided more than 80,000 books to elementary aged students in the city’s Title 1 schools.
Battle, 61, and his wife Eula have been married for 28 years. Eula is a retired former teacher of the year in Madison County Schools. Tommy and Eula have one son, Drew, a daughter-in-law Lauren, and a grandson George. They are active members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville.