MONTGOMERY COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Will Barfoot and Ronda Walker are both running for the Republican nomination for the District 25 seat in the Alabama state Senate. District 25 covers Crenshaw, Elmore and Montgomery counties.
Barfoot is a well-known attorney in Montgomery. He is a partner with Barfoot and Schoettker, LLC.
Walker is a member of the Montgomery County Commission and was named River Region Citizen of the year in 2016.
Barfoot said he believes the Senate should be filled with new people, not career politicians and that if elected, he will use his business experience to bring new ideas to the Senate.
"We want to make sure that parents have choices on how to educate their children. I'm in tune with the rural needs of the county, whether it be Crenshaw, Elmore or Montgomery County, and certainly Montgomery is the center of that thriving economy so we want to make sure that those businesses are able to thrive," said Barfoot.
He is also focused on making businesses more productive.
"We've got to make sure that the businesses throughout the state of Alabama, and specifically in District 25, that any unnecessary, burdensome red tape that we go back and review that and we try to make our local businesses especially more productive," Barfoot said.
Walker, on the other hand, is focused on education.
"I see education as the foundation of everything we do in the state of Alabama," said Walker. "We need an education system run by the state of Alabama, not by Washington, D.C. We also need to pay our teachers well, and give our principals autonomy and let them run the classroom. We've got too much overload in the administrative sector and not enough resources in the classroom."
She also wants students to know all of their options.
"We need to make sure that students know what their choices are, college or trade school. There are a lot of careers out there that would take two years of technical education and kids could make 60 or $70,000. We need to make sure that they are educated on those opportunities," said Walker.
According to Walker, Alabama can do better.
"We need better jobs. We need a stronger education system and quite honestly, we need a state government that doesn't embarrass us every chance it gets," Walker said.
Walker and Barfoot will face off in the primary election on June 5. The winner of that election will go up against the winner of the Democratic primary in November's general election.. David Sadler and Frank Snowden are the two Democratic candidates.