Political offices held: Mayor of Huntsville, 2008-present; Huntsville City Council, 1984-1988.
Political races run: Unsuccessful run for mayor of Huntsville, 1988.
Professional experience:Owner and founder, Battle Real Estate, 1992-present; manager, Britling on the Highland, 1980; worked at Mobile shipyards and Birmingham restaurant while in college, and at Green Valley Drugs during high school.
Education: University of Alabama, B.S. degree in business, 1977, served on the SGA, UA debate team; chaired the College Republicans. Graduate of Berry High School in Birmingham.
Civic experience: Former chairman of the board, Early Works, a Huntsville-based group of history museums; former board member, Huntsville solid waste disposal authority and Huntsville Emergency Medical Services; chairman, Alabama College Republicans.
Main issues: Battle’s campaign promises responsible, conservative leadership to win the battle for Alabama. Battle points to successful economic development and job creation during his time as mayor of Huntsville. Job creation included more than 24,000 new jobs over the last decade, including 2,000 with Polaris, 300 with GE Aviation, 2,000 with Remington and, most recently, 4,000 with Toyota-Mazda plant. He also boasts of Huntsville’s eight-straight Triple-A credit rating and the generation of $4 billion in economic investments for the city during his tenure. He favors a vote on a lottery that would equally benefit all citizens and budget reform for Alabama and wants to emphasize workforce development and rural economic development as governor. (Compiled from campaign website.)
Top contributors: Moving Alabama Forward PAC, Huntsville, $113,000; Dorothy S. Davidson, Huntsville, $52,000; Francisco J. Collazo, Huntsville; Randall A. Schrimsher, Huntsville; Science & Engineering Services LLC, Columbia, MS; W.S. Propst, Huntsville; William R. Battle III, Tuscaloosa, $50,000; Jeff Benton, Huntsville, $32,000; Cathleen O. Anderson, Brownsboro, $25,250; Dynetics Inc., Huntsville; Reed Contracting Services,, Union Grove; Woody Anderson Ford, Huntsville, $25,000.