Former state Sen. Roger Bedford endorses Walt Maddox

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Russellville-Democrat, former state Sen. Roger Bedford on Friday announced he was endorsing Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox for Governor of Alabama.
Bedford says Maddox is the “new fresh face we need in Montgomery.”
“I know first-hand that Walt Maddox has what it takes. He has a proven record in Tuscaloosa and is a new fresh face we need in Montgomery,” said Bedford. “He has the knowledge, demeanor, and work ethic to make a difference and will make us proud to call him our governor.”
Bedford represented northwest Alabama for 20 years — from 1994 to 2014 — during which time he served as minority leader from 2011 to 2013.In 1996 he was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, but was ultimately defeated by Republican Jeff Sessions.
Maddox said he is honored to have the endorsement.
“As one of  the longest serving state Senators in Alabama history, Roger Bedford is one of the most respected Democrats in this state and I am honored to have his endorsement,” he said in a statement.
Bedford’s endorsement adds to Maddox’s growing list of endorsements from influential leaders across the state.

Maddox will face former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, along with Christopher CountrymanJames FieldsDoug Smith and Anthony White in the June 5 Democratic primary.

The winner will go on to face the Republican nominee in the general election, to be selected among: Gov. Kay IveyTommy Battle, Bill Hightower, Scott Dawson, or Michael McAllister.