MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks has announced plans to run for governor next year.
Sparks, a Democrat, made the announcement Friday morning in Montgomery as he began a series of news conferences.
Other stops on Friday's itinerary are at Birmingham, Huntsville and his hometown of Fort Payne.
Sparks has served two terms as agriculture commissioner and can't run again.
Congressman Artur Davis of Birmingham is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor, but Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville says he's considering running.
Davis issued a statement shortly after Sparks made the official announcement to run saying he believed Sparks would be a "formidable candidate" but Davis intends to win the office.