Former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. doesn’t mind being on the sidelines until after July 18’s Republican primary runoff determines his general election opponent in the in the lieutenant governor’s race.

“They’ll be hearing from me soon enough,” Folsom said.

Folsom plans to kick his campaign into high gear shortly after voters choose between Public Service Commissioner George Wallace Jr. and lobbyist Luther Strange.

The Cullman resident said he doesn’t have a preference in the battle between the two Republican who rivals, whose race turned negative in the final weeks.

“I really can’t worry about those things,” Folsom said. “Whoever it is, I’m sure it will be a spirited debate on the issues that the people of Alabama really care about. I’m sure we’ll both be talking about our visions for the future. I really feel we have a clear message to share with the voters of this state.”

Folsom admits the campaign has been an unusual one for him so far with no primary opposition. The lack of a Democratic opponent has allowed him to spend more time working on private business.

He has not been idle by any means since entering the race on the final day of qualifying.

“I’ve attended and spoken at several functions and Democratic events around the state,” Folsom said. “I’ve done most of that at night. I’ve really enjoyed getting out their and meeting people and getting reacquainted with old friends.”

He has also spent part of the time fundraising, which could become a major factor in the fall considering how much money has been spent in the Republican primary. He has been meeting with media consultants and strategists.

“I’m really looking forward to getting our message out over the next four months,” Folsom said.

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