Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will speak to St. Clair County Democrats on Thursday

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who is running for governor, will speak at the St. Clair County Democrats meeting Thursday night.

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PELL CITY -- Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who is running for governor, will speak at the St. Clair County Democrats meeting Thursday night.

Herbert Kuntz, the chairman of the St. Clair County Democratic Executive Committee, said the meeting is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Pell City 19th Street Rec Hall, 311 19th St. S. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

“Everyone is invited to attend,” Kuntz said.

Maddox, a Tuscaloosa native and a 1991 graduate of Central High School, is serving his fourth term as Tuscaloosa mayor.

Maddox earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

While at UAB, Maddox was a four-year letterman on the football team.

In 1996, Maddox was hired as a field director for the Alabama Education Association, and in 2001, he was appointed the executive director of personnel for Tuscaloosa City Schools.

That same year, he was elected as the city councilman for Tuscaloosa’s sixth district.

Maddox was nationally recognized for his crisis management after the April 27, 2011, EF-4 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa.

In 2012, Maddox was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and Country.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children.

Kuntz said Maddox is expected to address the crowd, but people will also have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the candidate after the formal meeting.

Maddox is one of three gubernatorial Democratic candidates scheduled to speak to the St. Clair County Democrats in the coming months.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday, March 15, and James Fields, of Hanceville, is slated for a Thursday, April 26, appearance. Those meetings will also start at 6:30 p.m.

At Thursday night's meeting, St. Clair County school board Place 1 candidate Baisha Woody, 39, of Ashville, is expected to be introduced to the audience, Kuntz said.

Woody is the only Democrat running for the at-large Place 1 seat on the St. Clair County Board of Education.