Baton Rouge state Sen. Dan Claitor’s attracted opposition Wednesday in his bid for re-election to the Senate District 16 seat.

Businessman M. Scott McKnight announced that he’ll be a candidate in the Oct. 24 primary election.

The 34-year-olf McKnight is vice president and director of business development for BancorpSouth Insurance. He is a reserve deputy for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Both Claitor and McKnight are Republicans.

“Competition is healthy for the consumer, whether it’s in business or politics,” Claitor wrote in email message to supporters. “I welcome him.”

In his announcement, McKnight said he is an advocate of budget and tax reform as well as parental choice in education and is anti-abortion. He said the state must address its “crumbling infrastructure, failing education system and litigious judicial climate in order for Louisiana’s economy to continue to grow.”

McKnight said he has the ability to work with people from all backgrounds, faiths and political persuasions.

“We must have a senator who respects every citizen of the district and has the temperament to work with everyone,” McKnight said.

Claitor, a lawyer, said he will campaign on his record as he runs for a last term.

“The election will give the citizens a wonderful opportunity to review the good work that I have done on their behalf in education, higher ed, health care, adoption, business, and more,” Claitor said