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Florence leaders excited about Huckabee visit on October 1st

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Mike Huckabee (Cropped Photo: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0 / MGN)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Northwest Alabama is abuzz about the visit of an active presidential candidate one week from now.

Governor Mike Huckabee has planned a visit to Florence on October 1st, the first visit by a presidential candidate to the city in more than 30 years.

Just over a week ago, Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock received a call asking if the city would like to host a presidential campaign visit.  His obvious answer to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill was an overwhelming yes.

“Just to have the national spotlight with a national candidate shining down on Florence, it is really good. It is great, very exciting for that,” said Haddock. “Governor Huckabee is such a great guy, such a wonderful person.”

From numerous recollections, 1984 was the last time presidential candidates came calling on the Shoals.  In that year, Reverend Jesse Jackson, South Carolina Senator Ernest Hollings, former Vice-President Walter Mondale, and U.S. Senator John Glenn all came looking for Democratic support in the Shoals.

Mayor Haddock said they have decided the Huckabee visit will take place on the University of North Alabama campus that morning.

“We kind of worked through that, but we still don’t have all the details of exactly when and how many is going to be allowed to come or what it’s going to be,” Haddock explained.

And as they work through the details, Haddock said they get more and more excited about the potential exposure the city of Florence will garner from the visit.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter kicked off his re-election campaign in Tuscumbia’s Spring Park during a Labor Day rally.

As more details are worked out about Governor Huckabee’s visit, WHNT News 19 will be sure to pass those along to you.