In her bid to serve a second term as Alabama’s chief executive, Gov. Kay Ivey has garnered overwhelming support from members of the state legislature.
The list of lawmakers that have publicly endorsed her campaign grew this week, as 28 legislators announced their support of the incumbent governor.
In a statement touting the endorsements, Ivey hailed the lawmakers for their legislative achievements, which she asserted had served to benefit the state’s economy.
“Alabama is working again and experiencing historic economic growth. In this state alone, we have created over 65,000 new jobs and over $32 billion in new business investment,” said Ivey. “We have the lowest unemployment rate in the history of our state, and for the past 17 consecutive months, we’ve had the lowest unemployment rate in the entire Southeast. That’s something we should all be proud of. While the disastrous Biden Administration’s policies are harming Americans across the country almost daily, here in Alabama, our economy is resilient and growing stronger despite Biden’s left-wing agenda.”
Ivey praised the legislature’s efforts in combating the left-wing cultural agenda and passing socially conservative pieces of legislation.
“It’s not just a strong economy our state is delivering on – we’re also fighting for our conservative values. Just this week, a bill we put into law took effect that makes providing puberty blockers, hormone treatments or transition surgery to children punishable by 10 years in prison,” she added. “This is Alabama common sense – I believe if the Good Lord made you a boy, you’re a boy, and if he made you a girl, you’re a girl. Children are just too young to be making these kinds of decisions.”
The governor continued, “We have banned the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our schools, we have banned transgender sports, we have secured our elections and we signed the strongest pro-life bill in the nation. Let me say that again – Alabama passed THE strongest pro-life bill in the nation. That’s how you set a national example of what it means to truly protect life.”
“Without the hard work and dedication of each and every one of these legislators, accomplishments like these would be impossible,” advised Ivey. “I thank them all for what they have done for our state – charting a path toward a strong economy and conservative Alabama values that will benefit our children and our children’s children for generations to come. I appreciate these important endorsements and look forward to continuing to work with these legislators to keep the state we love great.”
The following lawmakers endorsed Ivey’s reelection bid.
- State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia)
- State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville)
- State Rep. Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley)
- State Rep. Kyle South (R-Fayette)
- State Rep. Tracy Estes (R-Winfield)
- State Rep. Craig Lipscomb (R-Gadsden)
- State Rep. Ben Robbins (R-Sylacauga)
- State Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford)
- State Rep. Randy Wood (R-Anniston)
- State Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville)
- State Rep. Dickie Drake (R-Leeds)
- State Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook)
- State Rep. Russell Bedsole (R-Brierfield)
- State Rep. Jim Hill (R-Moody)
- State Rep. Rodney Sullivan (R-Northport)
- State Rep. Ginny Shaver (R-Leesburg)
- State Rep. K.L. Brown (R-Jacksonville)
- State Rep. Corley Ellis (R-Columbiana)
Ivey campaign manager William Califf expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for their support of the governor’s reelection campaign.
“I appreciate the support of these fine legislative leaders. They understand what it means to be Alabama Strong and Alabama Free, and working with the Governor, they have been able to put policies to that effect into law,” stated Califf. “The broad support we’ve received from across the state is breathtaking – people are fired up and ready to vote for Kay Ivey on May 24.”
He added, “The stakes are too high to stay at home – if you value a strong economy and conservative Alabama values, the choice is clear, Alabama needs Kay Ivey to win reelection so she can push back against the Biden Administration and make sure that Alabama’s best days are still ahead of us.”
The primary election will take place May 24, 2022. Should no candidate gain a plurality of the vote, a runoff election will be held June 21, 2022.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL