Bentley will seek re-election for a second termBy Emily Etheredge Published 3:54pm Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gov. Robert Bentley recently announced his intention to seek re-election for a second term.
“I remain humbled and honored to serve the people of this great state as governor,” Bentley said in a release. “After prayerful consideration, Dianne and I have decided to seek the Republican nomination for a second term.”
Bentley said Alabama had been through a great deal of hardship over the last two years but also enjoyed a great deal of success.
“I am proud of the progress we have made, especially when it comes to economic prosperity,” Bentley said. “I look forward to continuing that progress in a second term.”
Communications Director for the Chilton County Republican Party Renee Powers said the news of Bentley’s intent to seek re-election came during an event with the Alabama Federation of College Republicans in Tuscaloosa.
Powers said she thought the announcement from Bentley at the Federation of College Republicans was an honor.
“He (Bentley) must recognize that announcing this in front of college students was important because they are indeed our future,” Powers said.
Powers said Bentley’s future looked optimistic and having a majority in the House and Senate has made his current term unlike any other Republican Alabama has had.
“He has been able to have a much more progressive agenda,” Powers said.
Sen. Cam Ward said there was very little surprise that Bentley announced he would re-run.
“He is incredibly popular around the state,” Ward said. “People have a lot of trust in him. I think he will do very well in his re-election.”
Ward said he has enjoyed serving under Gov. Bob Riley and Bentley.
“Bentley has his own style,” Ward said. “He seems to have a very folksy connection to everyday Alabamians.”
The Republican primary will be held on June 4, 2014.