For the first time in months, all four GOP candidates for Alabama Governor were under the same roof.
Governor Kay Ivey, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, State Senator Bill Hightower and Preacher Scott Dawson spoke five minutes each at the Madison County Republican Men's Club meeting.
Governor Kay Ivey has a sizable lead and has consistently told news outlets she wont be debating. But the Governor said she's been coming to this event for years and wasn't about to miss it.
"That's her business," said Governor Kay Ivey.
That's Governor Kay Ivey's response when WAAY 31 asked about State Representative Patricia Todd losing her job offer as the executive director of the gay advocacy group, One Orlando Alliance. One Orlando withdrew its offer after Todd sent out a tweet suggesting that Governor Ivey is gay.
"This was an attack on me personally, on me personally. Disguising lies. Bald faced lies," Ivey said.
Mayor Tommy Battle said though this meeting wasn't a debate, it still helps republican voters decide who they want as their next Governor. Battle said he's feeling positive about the election.
"Our poll numbers are coming up, the Governors poll numbers are coming down. May have been why she attended today," said Mayor Tommy Battle.
State Senator Scott Dawson and Bill Hightower said this meeting was what they expected: voters wanting to better know the candidates.
"I think people are starting now to look at the race. Definitely," said State of Representative Bill Hightower.
"I believe the people in this room got a distinction of someone who's offering a vision with a plan and opportunities we can bring together," said Preacher Scott Dawson.
Governor Ivey also responded to Dawson criticizing her for supposedly giving money to Free2Be. It's shut down now. The Huntsville based non-profit catered to the gay community.
"We've got to look at ADECA and make sure we're accountable for the people," Dawson said.
ADECA is the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.The Governor said Dawson doesn't have his facts straight.
The federal money came to Alabama with lots of strings attached. Something she wants changed.
"He was very well misinformed on a lot of facts. And there was no tax dollars in that. The grant was done according to federal guidelines and federal requirements," Governor Ivey said.
With the clock ticking, all four candidates got to speak briefly on their campaign platforms.
"We should make sure every child by the time he or she hits the third grade, they should be doing reading, writing and doing arithmetic. I was the one who tweeted out, 'it's time to get rid of common core and bring back common sense to the state of Alabama,'" said Dawson.
"Right now, we are fixing roads and we are building new roads. We have brought in jobs," Mayor Battle said.
"I want to make adoptions easy and low cost. I want to sell all the state land. You wouldn't believe the amount of assets the state has," Hightower said.
"I will fight to bring in more jobs to the state and I will fight to protect our conservative values," Governor Ivey said.
Primary Election is June 5th. The last to register to vote for the primary election is on Monday May 21st.
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