Barnett endorses Taylor in District 30
The man who finished third in the Republican fight for the District 30 seat in the state Senate has endorsed Bryan Taylor, who finished well ahead of the pack but did not have the majority necessary to avoid a runoff.
Taylor, former policy director for Gov. Bob Riley, will face Ray Boles in the July 13 runoff. Boles is a member of the Prattville City Council.
Ken Barnett, who works for the Alabama Department of Revenue, endorsed Taylor a day after the primary.
"Bryan Taylor is by far the better candidate, and I urge my supporters to vote for Bryan in the runoff," said Barnett, who finished with 18 percent of the vote on Tuesday. "Bryan is a conservative who will fight for our values. Ray Boles is not a conservative. Ray Boles either pretends he doesn't have a grasp on the issues, or he just really doesn't have a grasp on the issues. I'm proud to be supporting the real conservative, Bryan Taylor, in this important race."
Taylor finished with 49 percent of the vote.
The winner of the runoff will face longtime Democratic state Sen. Wendell Mitchell in November to represent the district, which include all or part of Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Butler, Crenshaw and Pike counties.
With the support, Taylor said he is confident he will win the runoff and continue to victory in November.
Barnett, Boles, and Taylor all lives in Prattville.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen