Governor Kay Ivey to Run For Re-election in 2018Matt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Sep 07 2017 6:39 PM
Montgomery, Alabama — Today, Governor Kay Ivey announced her decision to seek re-election as Governor in 2018.
The Governor said in a statement: “Four months ago, I was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama. There hasn’t been a more humbling moment in my life. That so many of you have supported and prayed for me and my team means the world—and it’s our highest honor to serve you.
"I took over at one of that darkest times in our state’s memory. I’m proud to say we’ve steadied the ship. Now it’s time to steer it to continued conservative progress and prosperity.”
Since taking office only a few months ago, the Governor has pursued an aggressive agenda of cleaning up Montgomery, growing good-paying jobs, and strengthening the state’s education system. She has banned lobbyists from being appointed to state boards by members of the executive branch. Her administration has made education for veterans more affordable, expanded K-12 opportunities for students throughout Alabama, and helped families with children with special needs.
Governor Ivey added: “I’m proud of the fact that over $1 billion dollars in investment have been pledged to the state since I took office and thousands of new jobs have been created — those are families lives who have been forever changed. Unemployment in Alabama has dropped to 4.5%—over a full percentage lower than at this time last year. More people in Alabama are working today than in a decade. Folks know that Alabama is now open for business. We’re going to keep the foot on the gas and get more jobs and more investment for our state.”
The Governor has pledged to build upon her administration’s successes. She pointed to the passage of the Alabama Jobs Act, which made it easier for the state to recruit new businesses and for existing businesses to expand. She also singled out the laws she has signed that make it easier to start a new business in Alabama.
Prior to becoming Governor, Kay Ivey was a school teacher, banker, and a public servant. She grew up on a family farm in lower Alabama, which she credited with teaching her the values she’s brought to Montgomery. “On the farm, talk is cheap. I learned the importance of a hard day’s work. Of faith. Of helping our neighbors. And of keeping your word—because sometimes, that’s all you’ve got,” Governor Ivey said, “Those values are what took me to Auburn, then to work as a teacher. I believed then, and now, that if you work hard, have unwavering faith, and fight for what’s right, good things will come.”
Governor Ivey will have a statewide campaign kickoff later this fall.