Franklin Randolph Knight, Jr. (born April 8, 1972) is an American ecologist, businessman, and a Democratic Party politician in Georgia. He ran for Senate to replace incumbent Saxby Chambliss, but was defeated handily in the Democratic Primary.
He currently lives with his wife and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rand spent the summer before graduating working as an intern under the Vice President of Environmental Policy at Turner Productions. After graduating from Westminster, Rand attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he was active in student government. He earned his degree in Environmental Studies, then studied for his Master’s Degree at the University Of Washington in Seattle from 1996 to 1998. While studying for his Master's, Rand started a sustainable development business with a classmate. After working for several years as an ecologist with the United States Forest Service and as a manager and systems analyst in the private sector, Rand continued his formal education and earned a Ph.D. in Ecosystems Analysis at the University of Washington in 2003. From 2004 to 2006 Rand was a scientist for the National Ecological Observatory Network, and he is currently the Director of Enterprise Sales and Global Business Development at QL2 Software, Inc. in Seattle.
In June, 2007, Rand announced his candidacy for United States Senate.
Despite unusual endorsements from unions like the Georgia AFL-CIO, support from some prominent Georgia politicians and an appearance in the Democratic Senatorial debate, Knight ultimately came in fourth place in the Democratic Primary ahead of only Josh Lanier. He won only 5.2% of the vote. He endorsed former rival Jim Martin before the runoff against Vernon Jones.