Is Alabama State Treasurer, Kay Ivey, planning to run for Governor of the state in 2010? That's what the people of Alabama seem to think. Even though Ivey hasn't officially declared her candidacy, she has taken many steps in that direction. Rumor has it that Ivey has set aside one million dollars for her campaign. She has hired notable Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway to help her get an idea of what the people of Alabama want and has also formed an exploratory committee.
Originally elected in 2003, Kay Ivey is currently serving her second term as Alabama's State Treasure. She was born and raised in the state and is a graduate of Auburn University. As a former teacher, Ivey seems to have a passion for education. One of her biggest accomplishments as treasurer has been helping pass legislation to give tax breaks to families who are saving for their children's college education. She was also elected to the Executive Board of the College Savings Plan Network and enjoys encouraging young people to get involved with public service.
In the 2008 Republican primary, Ivey supported presidential candidate Mitt Romney and even served as his Alabama chairperson. During that time, she put out a "Call to Conservatives," asking Republicans to vote for Romney based on his conservative stances on a number of important issues. She also praised Senator John McCain's choice of Governor Sarah Palin for his running mate in the 2008 election, calling her an "effective governor, a strong fiscal conservative and a ferocious fighter for conservative values."
Ivey, who has been named an "emerging leader" by the Republican Governor's Association, has said she will make her final decision about her candidacy by June. You can learn more about Ivey and her accomplishments at the Alabama State Treasury Website.