The Gov. Kay Ivey re-election campaign announced more endorsements on Thursday.
These endorsements include State Sens. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia) and Jim McClendon (R-Springville) and State Reps. Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley), Kyle South (R-Fayette), Tracy Estes (R-Winfield), Craig Lipscomb (R-Gadsden), Ben Robbins (R-Sylacauga), Steve Hurst (R-Munford), Randy Wood (R-Anniston), Danny Garrett (R-Trussville), Dickie Drake (R-Leeds), David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook), Russell Bedsole (R-Brierfield), Jim Hill (R-Odenville), Rodney Sullivan (R-Northport), Ginny Shaver (R-Leesburg), K.L. Brown (R-Jacksonville) and Corley Ellis (R-Columbiana).
Ivey thanked the legislators for their endorsements and for all that they do for their districts and the state.
“Alabama is working again and experiencing historic economic growth," she said. "In this state alone, we have created over 65,000 new jobs and over $32 billion in new business investment. 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 said she's also fighting for Alabama's conservative values, with a law taking effect this week that prohibits providing puberty blockers, hormone treatments or transition surgery to children, punishable for up to 10 years in prison. Ivey said children are too young to be making gender transition decisions.
“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,” Ivey added. “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. 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.”
Ivey was previously endorsed by Sen. Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), Sen. President Pro. Tempore Greg Reed (R-Jasper), and Speaker of the House Mac McCutchen (R-Monrovia)
Ivey faces eight Republican primary opponents. Lindy Blanchard, Lew Burdette, Stacy George, Ivey, Tim James, Donald Trent Jones, Dean Odle, Dave Thomas, and Dean Young are all running for the Republican nomination for governor.
Yolanda Rochelle Flowers, Patricia Salter Jamieson, Arthur Kennedy, Chad “Chig” Martin, Malika Sanders Fortier and Doug “New Blue” Smith are all running for the nomination in the Democratic primary.
Both primaries are on May 24.
The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election on Nov. 8.
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