New District 26 state senator chosen in special election

David Burkette and DJ Johnson will face off Tuesday in the special election for the district 26...
David Burkette and DJ Johnson will face off Tuesday in the special election for the district 26 state senate seat. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: May. 15, 2018 at 2:15 AM CDT|Updated: May. 15, 2018 at 8:30 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "Coach" David Burkette is the new state senator for District 26.

On Tuesday, voters chose between Burkette and Republican candidate Darryl "DJ" Johnson for the seat formerly occupied by Quinton Ross, who is now the president of Alabama State University. Burkette, the democratic candidate, defeated Johnson in the special election.

David Burkette defeated opponent John Knight during the Democratic primary election runoff for Senate district 26 back in February.

A retired educator, one of Burkette's top priorities is education.

"It is important to straighten out the educational system. The system is broken. Change is needed," said Burkette on Monday, before election day.

With three terms under his belt as a city councilman, Burkette believes that makes him the best person for the job.

"It gives you all the regiment you need to complete something like this," said Burkette.

The term for this seat will end in November. Burkette must run for re-election in order to serve a full term.

According to the Montgomery County Election Center, the special election cost around $115,000. That total includes the Primary back in December and Runoff in February combined.

The total for Tuesday is not yet known.

Democratic candidates David Burkette, John Knight, and Fred Bell have qualified for the June 5 Primary. The only Republican qualifier was DJ Johnson.

[SEE HERE: Democratic and Republican ballots for June 5 primaries]

District 26 includes much of North, South and West Montgomery.

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