“I believe in our people, and I believe in our promises. But our leaders have left us in crisis,” Maddox said in his statement. “In the past two years our governor, house speaker, house majority leader, and chief justice have all left in a cloud of shame…the crisis in our leadership has created a crisis in state government.”
Maddox, a Democrat, formed an exploratory committee back in June. He announced then that he was not changing parties, though some had suggested this might be beneficial.
“I’m a Democrat. While many have urged me to change parties for the sake of political convenience, that would be dishonest. Dishonest with you and dishonest with myself.
We don’t need any more dishonesty. The days of running for the Democratic Party or for the Republican Party need to end. It’s time to run for the people of Alabama.”
The 44-year-old Maddox has served as Tuscaloosa’s mayor since 2005.
“As mayor of Tuscaloosa, I know what it means to lead with the courage of our convictions,” Maddox said on Thursday. “I also know what can happen when we set aside our political differences.”
Maddox then went on to discuss Tuscaloosa’s rebuilding efforts after the 2011 tornado.
View Maddox’s entire announcement video here.
Maddox joins a field of candidates that includes Democrats James C. Fields and former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, and Republicans Kay Ivey (who has announced she’ll seek a full term), Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, and State Senator Bill Hightower.
The primary elections for Alabama governor are June 5, 2018; the general election will be held on Nov. 6, 2018.