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Kay Ivey for Governor


The Kay Ivey for Governor campaign announced last week that five East Alabama mayors have endorsed Ivey for reelection. 

Endorsements include Mayors Ron Anders (Auburn), Gary Fuller (Opelika), Woody Baird (Alexander City), F.L. “Bubba” Copeland (Smiths Station) and Tommy Miller (Notasulga).

Ivey thanked the mayors for their endorsements and for all that they do for their communities. 

“I’m honored to receive the support of East Alabama’s mayors,” she said. “I have seen robust development throughout the East Alabama region in the past four years under their leadership. I’m talking about rapid job growth and ample opportunities for Alabama’s backbone — our workforce. Alabama has proudly created 50,000 new jobs, over $25 billion in new business investment and for 16 consecutive months, we have had the lowest unemployment rate in the entire Southeast.

“These mayors have helped bring industry leaders to our state, which in return has created high-paying opportunities for our citizens. Just last month, I was in Auburn celebrating the grand opening of the $120 million AUBix Data Center. This project will create success across the entire state, providing East Alabama with a technological edge and enhanced access to high-speed internet.

“And just last week, I was in Alexander City ensuring ‘Made in Alabama’ is bringing back ‘Made in America.’ East Alabama is now the host of the nation’s first graphite processing plant, ready to transform the automotive industry, and Opelika brought us into 2022 by becoming headquarters for the largest grower of vegetable and herb plants in the U.S.

“While I’m proud of our long list of economic accomplishments, there is still work to be done to make sure we continue to preserve our conservative, Alabama values. Alabama is pro-life, pro-second amendment and pro-common sense. In Alabama, if the good Lord made you a boy, then you’re a boy — if He made you a girl, then you’re a girl. We banned transgender sports, banned Critical Race Theory in our schools, passed the strongest pro-life bill in the nation and have made sure our elections are safe and secure. To keep delivering economic and conservative wins like these, it will take all of us, working together, to continue laying the foundation for a brighter future for our state.”

Ivey Campaign Manager William Califf thanked these mayors for their endorsements.

“East Alabama is succeeding — and it’s rightfully due to the great people of these tight-knit towns and the integral roles that all Alabamians hold in making their cities successful,” Califf said. “Gov. Ivey has enjoyed working with these communities and bringing the resources and support they need to thrive — and she looks forward to continuing this strong working relationship across the region.

“The Governor’s mission is simple — to grow Alabama’s economy, make our state a great place to live and do business and defend our conservative, Alabama values. I thank these fine folks for their endorsements — it will mean a lot on May 24 when Alabama voters show up to the polls to vote for Kay Ivey.”