(AL.com) — Confirming what many had long expected, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox announced Thursday morning he is running for Alabama governor in 2018.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is running for Alabama governor in 2018. (City of Tuscaloosa)
"I believe in Alabama and I believe in our potential which is why I believe that we must solve the crisis of leadership," Maddox said in a press release. "In the past 18 months, the Governor, the Speaker, the Chief Justice, and the Majority Leader have left office in shame. And, when courage was required, silence was the only response from Montgomery's leaders.
Maddox, a Democrat who has led the state's fifth largest city since 2005, in June formed an exploratory committee to look at the feasibility of running.
Along with Maddox, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running for the Democratic nomination.