- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he’s not running for governor of Alabama.

Battle announced on his website Tuesday he has decided against seeking the state’s highest office. He calls being mayor of Huntsville a “dream job” he doesn’t want to give up.

Battle is in his sixth year as mayor of the city of 184,000 residents.

Bentley’s only announced GOP opponent is former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George. Among Democrats, former minor league baseball player and Fayette businessman Kevin Bass is running.

The 58-year-old Battle was easily re-elected to a second four-year term as Huntsville’s mayor in 2012. Municipal elections are non-partisan, but Battle has identified himself as a Republican.

Before taking over as mayor, Battle was an entrepreneur and worked in commercial development, real estate and restaurants.



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