Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox discusses his 2018 run for governor

Mayor Walter Maddox of Tuscaloosa, Ala.(center), along with Maj. Gen. Todd T. Semonite and other members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, inspects debris removal operations following tornado damage from April 27. The Corps of Engineers, as part of the federal response to the disaster, directs the massive effort to remove vegetation, construction damage, and other destruction from communities throughout the city, Tuscaloosa County, and other areas of Alabama. USACE is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Alabama through debris management, to include separating debris piles and conducting debris clearance and removal; and hauling and installing temporary housing units following the severe spring storms in the area. USACE is performing its work safely and in an environmentally sensitive fashion. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jeffrey Henon)

(WIAT) – Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has joined the crowded field of candidates vying to be Alabama’s next governor after making his official announcement back in October.

In light of recent scandals and indictments surrounding Alabama leadership, Maddox says Alabama is in a state of crisis. He wants to be a leader Alabamians can believe in.

“We need leadership that can rebuild trust and rebuild our state government,” Maddox said.

As the leader of Alabama’s fifth largest city, Maddox says his “results-oriented government” is evident in Tuscaloosa. He says people on both sides of the aisle ultimately care about results.

“As governor, that’s what we’re going to bring,” Maddox said. “Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, we want to bring results. It’s not about big government or less government. It’s about effective government.”

With 600,000 people underemployed in the state right now, Maddox says jobs is his number one priority. He also recognized that the closure of rural hospitals and crumbling infrastructure are serious issues facing the state.

Maddox has roughly a year before the 2018 elections where voters will choose the next governor. He has far less time to prepare for another challenge facing him this weekend.

For the last 12 years, Maddox has challenged Auburn Mayor Bill Ham to a bet over the Iron Bowl.

“If Alabama wins, which we fully expect, he will donate $100 to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative and if Auburn wins, I’ll donate likely $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of East Alabama.”

Find out who’ll ultimately donate the money by watching the Iron Bowl right here on CBS 42!

Watch Walt Maddox talk more with Art Franklin on Facebook live on the CBS 42 Facebook page here.

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