Ron Sparks to make announcement in 3 Alabama cities

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WBRC) - State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks will hold three press conferences; one in Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery. He is expected to announce whether he plans to switch from the governor's race to running for Congress.

Some Democrats in Washington are encouraging Sparks to run for the Fifth Congressional District. The move could come after Congressman Parker Griffith, of Huntsville, announced he is switching parties and becoming a Republican.

Other Democrats are encouraging Sparks to stay in the governor's race, where he is the only candidate calling for a state lottery and the expansion of gambling.