PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A large crowd turned out Tuesday night in east Alabama to show their support for a longtime district attorney.
Five-term incumbent Russell County District Attorney Kenneth Davis kicked off his campaign against Phenix City attorney Jamie Graham.
Davis has won the last five elections unopposed and said this is his first campaign.
"It's been sort of interesting to tell you the truth," Davis said. "To get out into the community and talk to people and talk about politics, which I've never had to do before."
Several community leaders spoke out on Davis' qualifications at the event, including Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, Reverend Johnny Rutledge, and State Farm agent Janice Henderson, who is also his sister-in-law.
Sheriff Taylor called Davis one of the biggest advocates for victims that he knows, while Henderson spoke of his dedication to his wife and family.
Rev. Rutledge said Davis is a just man committed to his family and dedicated to serving all of Russell County.
Davis said he believes he is the best district attorney because he has seen every possible situation over the last 38 years.
"I've tried more cases than anybody. I know what the role of the district attorney is, I know how important that role is, and I have a passion for what I do. I believe in justice and I believe in fairness."
Davis said if elected, he wants to see better funding for the child advocacy center, which he helped start, along with better funding for women's crisis centers throughout the state.
"They perform tremendously important tasks for us, and they don't get the funds that they deserve or the funds that they need," Davis said.
Shirts, buttons, and yard signs supporting Davis' campaign were given out to those in attendance.
Davis credits his wife, who was not present at the campaign because of health issues, as his biggest supporter.