Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox gained the backing of former state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks on Monday -- an endorsement the campaign touted as coming from "one of the most popular Democrats in recent Alabama political history."
Sparks referenced Maddox's leadership as Tuscaloosa mayor and overseeing the recovery of the city from the 2011 tornado.
"Walt has compassion and he has leadership. He stood in the streets of Tuscaloosa in its darkest hours and darkest days. He showed compassion, leadership, and strength to rebuild the city," Sparks said. "He will never put party over the people of Alabama."