Four qualify to run for Darrio Melton’s vacated District 67 House seat

Darrio Melton

Following the vacancy left by six-year Alabama State Rep. Darrio Melton when he was elected mayor of Selma, four Democratic candidates have qualified to run for his open seat.

Orrville’s Raymond J. Butler and Valenci’a Quest, along with Prince Chestnut and Latrell “Champ” Richardson of Selma all made the Tuesday deadline to run to represent State House of Representatives District 67, which covers Dallas and Perry counties.

No Republican candidates attempted to qualify.

Melton was in his second term in the state House when he was elected mayor in October, after defeating former Mayor James Perkins in a runoff. Melton’s successor will fill the remainder of the term, which ends in November 2018.

A special primary election is set for Jan. 31, 2017. The general election will be held on April 18.