Candidates for AL Senate District 26 prepare for May election
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - On Tuesday, May 15 some voters in Montgomery will be going to the polls for the District 26 state senate election.
That's the seat formerly occupied by Quinton Ross, who is now the president of Alabama State University. David Burkette defeated opponent John Knight during the democratic primary election runoff for Senate district 26 back in February.
"Coach" David Burkette will now face off against Darryl "DJ" Johnson for the Alabama State Senate District 26 seat. Burkette says he is ready for May 15.
"I feel I have built a tremendous foundation," said Burkette.
The District 4 city councilman and longtime educator believes it is that experience that gives him the advantage.
"I do want to be a part of the solution with our educational system. There are a lot of factors that measure in to the background I have," said Burkette.
While education tops his list of priorities, that isn't the only issue he will be focused on if elected.
"You have to have economic development. You have to have better infrastructure. You have to have higher paying jobs," said Burkette.
Darrell "DJ" Johnson, the republican candidate, has never held a political office, but he thinks he can bring a new perspective to the job.
"I think it is time for a change. I think the community needs to go in a new direction," said Darrell "DJ" Johnson.
Johnson served in the military for more than 20 years before starting Alabama Empowerment, a non-profit that provides resources for youth and adults in west Montgomery. This, he feels, emphasizes his strong organizational skills.
"Montgomery is a melting pot. We need to get together and work together. Each community to bring things together to fix each community," said Johnson.
If he wins his priorities center around establishing more programs to helps entrepreneurs and at risk youth.
"Giving people more hope. Helping kids at these alternative schools to turn it around," said Johnson.
Absentee voting is open. Tiffany B. McCord, Montgomery County Circuit Clerk, says 18 ballots have been cast for the General Election on May 15.
The last day for absentee voting is May 10 for the election.
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