Governor Ivey confident heading into Tuesday's primary
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Governor Kay Ivey made a final push to the polls on Monday, traveling around Alabama.
She stopped in Huntsville and laid out her goals and visions. Ivey is confident is confident heading into tomorrow's primary. She says she's brought a lot of progress to Alabama and that she's the candidate to continue to move the state forward.
The governor landed at Signature Flight Support at the Huntsville Airport and greeted her supporters.
"When I became governor, I told you we would clean up government, we would restore the public's trust in government and we would bring back our conservative values and we have done just that," she said at the event.
Ivey is an Alabama political veteran. A little more than a year ago, she inherited a governor's office stained by controversy. She told the crowd that she wants to keep cleaning up the state.
"I'll continue to be a governor who partners with President Trump to fight for Alabama. We will work together and make a difference. I will keep fighting to create more good paying jobs. Businesses are hiring and wages are up for a 10 year high. I will keep fighting to ensure that our children have the education that they need and deserve and I will for sure keep fighting to protect our conservative values," Ivey stated.
Ivey traveled with her close friend, Jimmy Rane, dubbed the richest man in Alabama. He is founder and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, which makes decks, fences and other treated lumber products. Rane is better known as "the Yella Fella," his cowboy alter-ego who appears in his company's TV commercials. Rane and Ivey went to Auburn together.
"It's thrilling to me for our wonderful state to have a governor as knowledgeable with so much integrity. Her word is golden. She's been involved in public service and public life really all her life. We've probably have never had a governor in this state as well prepared for the tough decisions that have to be made as Governor Kay Ivey," Rane stated.
"She's steadied the ship. She's done a good job. Jobs are good. State employees are being treated right for once. We just have a lot of prosperity and hope for Alabama now," added Stacy Lee George, a strong Ivey supporter.
Governor Ivey called her trip to six different cities on Monday the "Alabama is Working Again" Statewide Tour, encouraging people to get out Tuesday and cast their votes.
"I'm the strongest pro-life, pro-gun conservative in this race," she said, adding that she's the only candidate endorsed by the NRA, Alabama Citizens for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List.
She's been focused on education improvements, broadband enhancements, prison reform and economic development.
"I have made it my job to see that our people have the opportunity to have good jobs and higher paychecks. We've attracted some $6 billion in investment monies and created some 13,000 new jobs and today, more people are working in Alabama than ever before," she stated.
The governor also addressed the widening of Interstate 565. Opposition has said the project is decades away from happening. But Ivey stressed that it's moving forward.
"My opponents are my opponents. I'm telling you that ALDOT has it as a priority and I have it as a priority. They're issuing contracts to start some of the work so it's a slow process," she added. "It's a big project so it's going to take time."
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong called her "Alabama's governor."
"I've known Kay for more than 25 years. I've served on a lot of committees with her. She's done a phenomenal job for the people of Alabama, the children of Alabama and creating jobs. I've sat at the table with her as she's negotiated some of the finest jobs for our state. I truly believe that Alabama's finest hours are still ahead and that Kay Ivey is the right governor of Alabama," he told the crowd gathered for the tour stop in Huntsville.
Invigorated by that kind of support, Ivey says she wants to keep her momentum going and keep bringing progress to Alabama.
"I will continue to fight to maintain your trust and I will work hard on your behalf. The polls look good but they're just polls. Tomorrow is the day and the only thing that matters tomorrow is who shows up to vote. If you want to keep Alabama working, I'm asking for your vote," she told her supporters.
Ivey will vote in Montgomery Tuesday morning, then head to Hoover to speak with voters at a barbeque restaurant at lunch time.
On Tuesday night, her watch party will be held in Downtown Montgomery.
When asked why she wants to continue to serve as governor, Ivey responded: "It matters to the people of Alabama. When people have good paying jobs, they can better provide for themselves and care for their families. When people are working, they can achieve their dreams. This is a great state to be a part of and I want people to have every opportunity they can."
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