MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne announced the creation of a new grassroots political group.
"Reform Alabama" was created using the remaining funds from his bid to beat now-Governor Robert Bentley in the Republican primary.
Byrne will serve as a board member on the new organization.
"Our hope is that this initiative will serve as a consistent reminder to people across the state that Alabama has everything it takes to achieve greatness."
The new organization will have a focus of promoting transparency in government. Byrne said the anti-corruption measures passed in December during the special session was a great start but the state needs to do more.
Byrne said getting more people involved in the political process is vital.
"Instead of circular, non-productive conversations that dwell on what's wrong with our state government, we want to get people talking about what we can actually do to change it." Byrne said.
The new group will focus on education reform, budget reform, and reworking how the state plans economic development.
Byrne said, "It's not broken but the circumstances have changed and we're not going to be able to do economic development the way we've done it in the past. And so we are going to have to reform that."
In addition to information from the press conference itself, information from a press release was used in this report.
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