ALABAMA (AL.com) — When Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey delivers her first State of the State address Tuesday in Montgomery, it will be her most high-profile speech to date.
Alabama governor Kay Ivey cut the ribbon Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Geneva Regional Career Technical Center (G-TECH).
And with a campaign for governor looming, some political observers say it's a critical moment for Ivey.
The 73-year-old governor, who replaced scandal-plagued former Gov. Robert Bentley in April, is set to speak at 6:30 p.m. before state lawmakers with the campaign for governor serving as an important subtext.
"Whether she likes it or not, Kay Ivey's campaign for governor essentially starts on Tuesday with her State of the State speech," said Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama. "She needs to present herself as a strong leader with an agenda, rather than a placeholder for the next elected governor."
He added, "This is the most public event that a governor has every year and the one that people will look at to gauge whether she can be an effective governor."
You can watch Gov. Ivey's State of the State speech streamed live on wtvy.com.