Maddox wants to debate Ivey in governor’s race

Maddox wants to debate Ivey in governor’s race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox wants to debate incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey ahead of the November election.

Maddox told The Associated Press after winning the Democratic nomination that he wants to debate Ivey and that Alabama voters deserve to hear from the candidates.

Maddox said people are interested in comparing “who is going to be best” to address the state’s problems in health care, education and infrastructure.

Maddox campaign spokesman Chip Hill wrote Tuesday in a text message that Maddox looks forward to debating Ivey.

Ivey’s campaign did not say whether the governor would be willing to do a debate, saying there is time for these discussions between now and November.

“There will be plenty of time for these discussions and decisions in the months ahead. Right now, the governor is focused on keeping Alabama working,” Ivey campaign spokeswoman Debbee Hancock wrote in an email.

Ivey, who was the front runner for the GOP nomination, did not debate her Republican challengers ahead of the June 5 Republican primary.