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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey tours Montgomery school’s new STEM lab, says she has ‘clean bill of health’

AL.com 8/22/2022 Mike Cason, al.com
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey watches fourth-graders work on a bridge-building exercise in the new STEM lab at Dalraida Elementary School in Montgomery. © Mike Cason/al.com/TNS Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey watches fourth-graders work on a bridge-building exercise in the new STEM lab at Dalraida Elementary School in Montgomery.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey made her first announced public appearance in almost three weeks this morning and told reporters she had a “clean bill of health.”

The governor did not directly answer whether she has undergone a medical procedure in recent weeks.

Ivey toured the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lab at Dalraida Elementary School in Montgomery.

Members of the media were along for the tour and got a chance to speak to the governor afterward, the first opportunity to ask her questions since speculation about her health began earlier this month.

Ivey was asked, “In the last month, have you had any medical treatments or procedures?”

“Between the rumor mills and some of you guys in the media it seems like some of you just want to will these rumors into reality and existence,” Ivey said. “But I assure you I am fine. Every day I give thanks to God for giving me a clean bill of health and I look forward to serving as governor for another four years. I enjoy being governor and if you see this innovation lab today, there is certainly more work to do. So I look forward to going full speed ahead.”

Asked then whether she had any medical procedures that required an overnight hospital stay in the last month, Ivey mostly repeated the previous answer.

“It just seems like a lot of you just want to will these rumors into being, and that just isn’t going to happen,” the governor said. “I’ve got a clean bill of health from the doctors. That’s what matters and I’m looking forward to serving four more years as your governor.”

Before today, Ivey’s last announced public appearance was August 2 at a groundbreaking for a building materials company in Prattville. Ivey’s press office issued a statement on August 11 dismissing the speculation about her health as “bogus rumors” and saying the governor was “healthy and cancer-free.”

Ivey, 77, is seeking her second full term as governor in the general election on Nov. 8. She faces Democratic nominee Yolanda Flowers and Libertarian Party candidate Dr. Jimmy Blake.

Ivey announced in September 2019 she had lung cancer and released a statement from her doctor in January 2020 saying he considered her cured after radiation treatment. The governor described the cancer as a small, isolated malignancy.

Alabama School Superintendent Eric Mackey and Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Melvin Brown accompanied Ivey on the tour today. Ivey watched fourth graders doing exercises in robotics and bridge-building.

“It’s a great program and I hope we can get a whole lot of these started all over the state,” Ivey said.

“Goodness knows, when I was in the fourth grade we didn’t build robots,” the governor said.

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