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Sparks, Parker among Dems endorsing Clinton

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received endorsements Tuesday from several Alabama officeholders, including Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks and Public Service Commissioner Susan Parker.

Parker said she decided to back Clinton because of her "vast array of experience" in Washington and because Clinton helped Parker in her unsuccessful race for the U.S. Senate in 2002.

Parker said that after the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee decided not
to put money into her race, Clinton invited her to a political function and asked donors to step up.

"I've always appreciated that. When her campaign asked me, I couldn't say no," she said in a phone interview.

Sparks cited leadership as the reason for his endorsement.

"Hillary is ready to lead on her first day in the White House and immediately begin delivering the change this country needs," Sparks said in a statement.

The Clinton campaign said the New York senator also picked up support from State Sen. Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham; state Sen. E.B. McClain, D-Midfield; state Rep. Priscilla Dunn, D-Bessemer; state Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery; and Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot.

McClain, Dunn and Smoot have also qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party to run as Clinton delegates in Alabama's presidential primary on Feb. 5.

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