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Former Gov. Candidate Creating Reform Alabama

Montgomery, AL – Former two-year college chancellor Bradley Byrne is taking on a new role after losing the Republican runoff for governor last year.

Byrne announced Thursday that he and others have created a nonprofit organization called Reform Alabama. Byrne said it will focus on several issues, including requiring more disclosure of campaign contributions and bringing more openness to the Legislature's budget-writing process.

Byrne he doesn't know if he will ever run for public office again. But he recalled the Jeb Bush called him last year to remind him that he lost his first race for governor of Florida in 1994, and he encouraged Byrne to keep supporters together to work on state government issues.

Byrne said the seed money for Reform Alabama is coming from his leftover campaign funds.

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