11:57am

Wed October 21, 2009
WVAS Local

Ex-Birmingham mayor throws support to Sparks

Birmingham, AL – (AP) - Birmingham's first black mayor, Richard
Arrington, says he will support state Agriculture Commissioner Ron
Sparks for governor rather than U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, who is
trying to become Alabama's first black governor.
Arrington is planning a news conference with Sparks in
Birmingham on Wednesday to officially announce the endorsement. But
he told The Birmingham News on Tuesday that he believes Sparks will
be the kind of governor who will work across racial lines and move
Alabama forward.
Arrington was elected mayor of Birmingham in 1979.
Judge U.W. Clemon, who became Alabama's first black federal
judge in 1980, announced Tuesday he is endorsing Davis.
Sparks and Davis meet in the Democratic primary on June 1.