POINT CLEAR, Ala. (WKRG) — Democratic candidate Walt Maddox and his Republican opponent and incumbent Governor Kay Ivey spoke Friday afternoon with the Alabama Bankers Association at their summer conference in Point Clear. Both candidates were in the same room, at the same time, for the first time earlier this week in Orange Beach but not Friday.
Maddox took the podium first. He has a big hill to climb campaigning in heavily Republican Baldwin County but he believes he is up for the challenge. He has some bold ideas for moving the state forward including a state lottery and partnering with the Poarch Creek Indians to legalize gaming.
He says voters shouldn’t consider this a race between a democrat or a republican. “We know this is not left versus right, this is right versus wrong. I like where we are. We are just going to keep doing things that we’ve done for the past year and talk about things that matter to every Alabamian.”
About an hour later it was Governor Ivey’s turn. She says her focus continues to be building the economy, bringing jobs to the state and improving education. She says while her opponent wants to make an issue of her age, her experience and leadership is what is needed in Montgomery. “We want all of our Alabama families to achieve their dreams, to live in a safe environment, have a high quality of life and create a reputation for this state that is envied worldwide.”
Voters will decide which the direction the state is headed. The general election is less than 100 days away.