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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Judge Clemon Endorses Davis

Judge U.W. Clemon, Alabama's first black federal judge, is endorsing U. S. Rep. Artur Davis' candidacy for governor. Davis is one of nine people vying to be the state's next governor in 2010.

“My personal choice for the next governor of Alabama is Congressman Artur Davis,” said Clemon in a statement released by Davis' campaign Wednesday. “He is my choice because, in my view, he is best qualified to lead the people of this great state at this crucial time in history.

“I have seen him grow and develop from a young lawyer into a well-regarded statesman in both Alabama and in the nation. If Artur Davis is elected governor, the whole country will finally see a visionary young leader who represents Alabama at its best," Clemon said.

In 1974, Clemon was one of the first two blacks elected to the Alabama State Senate since Reconstruction. Clemon was appointed as a federal judge in 1980. He served as Chief Judge of the Northern District from 1999 to 2006.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks


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