Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has confirmed his intentions to explore an Alabama gubernatorial run.
Maddox, 44, made his announcement Thursday morning via social media.
“Today, I am announcing the formation of a political committee to help me explore the possibility of running for Governor in 2018,” Maddox said. “The decision to form the committee was easy. By taking this step, I am complying with Alabama’s election and ethics laws and continuing our tradition of transparency.”
He also said he will be running as a Democrat — he was urged not to, but said doing so would be “dishonest with you and dishonest with myself” — and pointed to the recent scandals involving all three branches of state government as one of the decisions behind this exploratory campaign.
“In just the past two years, our governor, our chief justice, and our Speaker of the House have all left office under a cloud of shame,” Maddox said. “I have heard the voices of people from across Alabama calling for a new beginning in Montgomery — a new covenant between the people of Alabama and the people serving us.
“We must create a new covenant together. We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to our children. We owe it to the future.”
This announcement leaves open the possibility that Maddox will opt to remain mayor of Tuscaloosa, to which he recently was elected to a fourth term.
But it’s the first time Maddox publicly has made it clear that he is considering a higher office.
“The more difficult decision of running for governor lies ahead,” Maddox said, “and I take seriously my responsibilities as a husband, father and mayor. For those that I love and serve, they…
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