2018 Governor’s Race: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
Huntsville is Alabama’s third largest city, but it’s projected to surpass Montgomery and Birmingham in the coming years. The city grabbed headlines a few months ago when it landed a prized $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he can expand that kind of growth to the entire state, and that’s why he’s running for governor.
In the latest of our gubernatorial interviews, the Republican candidate tells WBHM’s Andrew Yeager what he would do.
To hear Battle’s views on specific issues, listen to the excerpts below.
How Battle would spur job growth across the state:
How Battle approaches education:
How Battle views infrastructure improvements:
How Battle approaches ethics in Alabama politics:
Battle’s barbecue award:
Hear the full interview:
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