Incumbent Alabama Democratic state representative sent to runoff

(WTVM) - In the Democratic race for Alabama State House District 82, the incumbent will have to go head-to-head with one of her challengers in a runoff after she came up just shy of receiving half of the votes cast.

Democratic candidates Johnny Ford, Terrence Johnson and Pebblin Warren, the incumbent, were on the ballot in the June 5 primary.

Ford, the former of Tuskegee, and Warren are headed to a runoff after beating out Johnson, who received 20% of the vote.

Warren received 49% of the votes, while Ford claimed 31% of them.

The two candidates are battling to represent Auburn, Opelika and other surrounding cities.

Warren says she wants to move Alabama ahead in education and focus on putting money in the right places to do so.

Ford's top priority is expanding Medicaid in the state of Alabama.

The next big day for Ford and Warren's campaigns will be July 17 with the goal to advance on to the general election in November.

Whichever candidate wins in the runoff will go to the general election unopposed since there is no Republican candidate running for the position.

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