The Alabama Democratic Conference Saturday endorsed Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox for governor, in another sign of the state Democratic Party coalescing behind the four-term mayor ahead of the June 5 primary.
“We’re excited to earn that endorsement,” Maddox said in a phone interview Saturday, after ADC made the endorsement. “We believe it’s another step in the right direction as we move to June 5.”
An attempt to reach Joe Reed, the executive director of the ADC, was not immediately successful Saturday. Maddox said he stressed issues important to ADC, such as appointing diverse members to his mayor’s cabinet and work to support Stillman College, an HBCU located in Tuscaloosa.
“It’s those types of issues that we demonstrated we stand with the ADC that was important to members today,” he said.
The ADC, a predominantly African-American group has a strong get-out-the-vote operation. Its blessing can prove critical in the party primary. Maddox faces several challengers, including former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and former state representative James Fields.Continue reading at MontgomeryAdvertiser.com