Update: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle Says He Won’t Run for Governor

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Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle (WHNT News 19 File)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he still has work to do in the Rocket City, and won’t enter the 2014 Alabama gubernatorial race.

He made the announcement at 10 a.m. on his website, TommyBattle.com.

Battle told WHNT in August 2013, “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.”

WHNT News 19 checked with him again on January 8. He said he would make an announcement within a few days.

Battle has already begun looking at a few issues that might make the race tempting, including education and roads.

Though Battle is turning to keeping school funding in public hands instead of private and spending more money on roads, he said in August that he would run as a Republican.

“One of the things government has gotten away from is the idea that you reach across the aisle, that you work with people.  If you look up here, I may have Republican roots, but I dare say, I have a number of people who probably have some Democrat background who work with me.  And it’s time to reach across the aisle,” said Battle.

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  • Buddy

    Bentley has done more for H’ville than any Gov. we have ever had. I’m not a Bentley fan, but where do u think Battles $$ would come from? Look at Bentleys north Al contributions. The mayor would embarrass himself and the city if he ran.

  • polkadot

    How bout Stacy Lee George???? Doesn’t stand a chance against Bentley, although much opposed to him as well. Mayor might just have a running chance

  • Tammy

    I think Mayor Battle, would be a great GOV. for the State, I think that he would be a HUGE asset in considering North Alabama, While HSV is considered a “Military Town/City”, We need someone who will represent the State as a whole,but someone who has repesented HSV for growth; but someone that will think of HSV and the surrounding area’s first and foremost for even more growth!

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