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‘The best is yet to come’: Gov. Kay Ivey makes it official, will seek reelection in 2022

Governor Kay E. Ivey (R-AL) on Wednesday announced she will seek reelection to a second full term in 2022.

Ivey, currently on the executive committee of the National Governors Association, became Alabama’s 54th governor in 2017 when she was sworn into office following the resignation of former Governor Robert Bentley. Ivey was overwhelmingly elected to a full term of her own in 2018.

She officially launched her reelection bid with a press release and a video announcement.

“Alabamians have shown the rest of the nation that our faith, resilience and common sense are what makes us and drives us forward to a promising future. I am proud to be your governor and would be honored to serve you for a second term,” Ivey stated. “Alabama is working again, and the best is yet to come.”

The Camden native’s tenure leading the state has been marked by record-low unemployment, landmark milestones in job growth and historic economic development wins. Ivey’s governorship has coincided with over $18 billion in new capital investment in the Yellowhammer State, as well as 44,000+ Alabama jobs created.

Even after the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alabama has begun to emerge strongly, with the Southeast’s lowest unemployment rate for three consecutive months and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country.

Ivey is Alabama’s second female governor and first Republican female governor.

Abbeville’s Jimmy Rane, who is chairing Ivey’s reelection campaign, added, “Alabama’s historic achievements are a direct result of Governor Ivey’s effective leadership. She has not only delivered results; she has proven that she can make the tough decisions to do what is right and best for the people of Alabama, leading this state to have one of the strongest comebacks in the country. There is no doubt that in a second term, Governor Ivey would continue leading with optimism, determination to tackle challenges head on, and she will keep Alabama growing and thriving.”

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Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn