Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is best known for rebuilding that city after a devastating tornado hit in 2011. Now, in his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor in the June 5 primary, one thing he’s pushing for is an education lottery. He isn’t the first. When former Gov. Robert Bentley proposed one two years ago, lawmakers overwhelmingly opposed it. Maddox tells WBHM’s Gigi Douban why he thinks this time might be different.
To hear Maddox’s views on specific issues, skip to the sections below.
Maddox on school safety and whether teachers ought to carry guns.
Learn what Maddox took away from the campaign of Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.
Why Maddox wants to establish an education lottery and how it could help level the playing field for poorer areas.
How he feels about his odds running as a Democrat in a red state. And why he decided to take the giant step forward from mayor to governor.
Maddox says this race is very different than past races where Democrats don’t typically stand a chance against the Republicans.
Hear the full interview here: