Commissioner of Agriculture and Industry Ron Sparks (D) officially announced his re-election campaign yesterday. The A&I post is not as high profile as many elected positions, but the ambitious Sparks seems content to wait for 2010 to make his move for higher office.
Sparks has been an active A&I Commissioner and starts off as the heavy favorite in his re-election race. The only active Republican running against Sparks at this point is Danny Joyner of Brewton. Joyner is a former police officer and is a CEO of his own security firm. Though Joyner has run and lost three times for state legislature, Sparks should not take Joyner lightly. A down ballot office like A&I can be swept away if a tide develops at the top of the ticket. If Alabama somehow sees Roy Moore or Bob Riley win big in the gubernatorial race, then Sparks may find himself in jeopardy.
More likely however, Sparks can cruise to a relatively easy win. Though he shouldn't look past the 2006 elections, Ron Sparks looks to be one of the Democrats' new wave of fresh faces.