BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. says
he will make a decision early in the new year about whether to run
again for governor, an office he held for two years and his father
The 59-year-old Folsom stayed out of politics for 12 years after
losing the 1994 race for governor.
But he says he is enjoying his return and is getting lots of encouragement to enter the 2010 race to replace Republican Gov. Bob Riley.
In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Folsom says
by January or February, he will try to make a decision.
Two other prominent Democrats, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of Birmingham and state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, are also considering the race.
Folsom calls Davis and Sparks friends and says they talk regularly, but they have not discussed the 2010 contest.
One sign of Folsom's interest is the creation of a political action committee named after the farm-to-market road program that his father, two-term Gov. James E. "Big Jim" Folsom, used to pave rural roads.
The new Farm to Market PAC was organized by Montgomery attorney
Peck Fox, a longtime Folsom adviser. It raised nearly $40,000
before the election Nov. 4 and had another fundraising reception in
Birmingham on Nov. 19 attended by Folsom.
Fox says the PAC will support candidates who share a vision for
the future with Folsom.