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Who takes over Huntsville government if Battle wins governor's race?

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (Source: WAFF file) Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (Source: WAFF file)

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he needs to correct the state of the state. He announced his candidacy for the 2018 governor's race.

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Battle ended speculation whether he will seek higher office on Friday. WAFF 48 News was the first local television station to sit down with the mayor following his announcement that he is running for governor.

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Our political analyst said Huntsville residents can expect a peaceful transition of power if Battle leaves to become governor of Alabama.

Battle says he wants to bring leadership back to the state capitol.

"The reason I want to be governor of Alabama is we've got to get back transparency, we've got to get some morals and ethics back in there,” said Battle.

Political expert Waymon Burke considers Battle a top contender.

"He's well known in north Alabama which gives him a great advantage,” said Burke.

But the question now is what happens if he wins and leaves Huntsville for the Montgomery in January 2019.

"If mayor Battle were to be successful in being elected governor, the president of the Huntsville City Council would become acting mayor until the current term is up,” said Burke.

Jennie Robinson, the current council president, will likely fulfill Battle's term, which ends in 2020.

Local Republican and Democratic parties say it's too soon to say who's considering a run for Huntsville's highest position. But there are talks of Robinson considering it.

"Being an incumbent, that does give her a certain advantage,” said Burke.

If Battle resigns, regardless of who takes over the Rocket City, Burke says to expect a smooth transition of power.

"Incumbents and their predecessor want, for example, in this case, to do well," he said.

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