State Senate candidates to go head to head for the 4th time

John Knight and David Burkette faced off for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate...
John Knight and David Burkette faced off for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 26 seat. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Jul. 12, 2018 at 10:02 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - John Knight and David Burkette are doing some last-minute campaigning for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate District 26 seat.

Burkette currently holds the seat and was elected after the former seat holder, Quinton Ross, became president of Alabama State University. However, Burkette's term is already near its end and he must run for re-election in order to keep his spot in Senate.

"This is the fifth election in six months and three weeks," said David Burkette.

This won't be the first time Burkette will face off against Knight. Neither Knight nor Burkette got enough votes to win the primary election in June, so they will be going head to head in a run-off election on Tuesday.

Burkette said they've actually come face to face four times before. Knight said although he lost to Burkette in the last election, he's up for the challenge and that the fourth time's the charm.

"I'm looking forward to this victory and I'm looking to going to work for the people of Montgomery," Knight said.

Both candidates said, if elected, they'll focus on issues like education, prison reform and economic development.

"I'll work on taking the sales tax off of food, improving our community's economic development, creating jobs so that people will be gainfully employed," said Knight.

"I'm hands-on, I'm transparent. I've been an educator, I've coached, I've taught school," said Burkette.

The winner of Tuesday's election will advance to the general election in November and be up against the Republican candidate D.J. Johnson.

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