Prince Chestnut to fill Melton's seat in AL House District 67 - Montgomery Alabama news.

Prince Chestnut to fill Melton's seat in AL House District 67

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

According to probate officials, Prince Chestnut will fill Darrio Melton's vacated seat in the Alabama House of Representatives following Tuesday's special election in Dallas and Perry counties.

Perry County probate officials say Chestnut had 108 votes to Gorden's five, excluding absentee ballots. In Dallas County, probate officials provided final numbers, that show Chestnut with 2,788 votes to Gorden's 151.

Two candidates were running for the District 67 seat, one a Democrat and the other an Independent. No Republicans qualified for the race. Chestnut won the democratic primary on Jan. 31 and Tremayne “Toby” Gorden returned enough signatures to qualify as an independent candidate.

A third candidate also submitted enough signatures to run as an Independent, but the secretary of state's office says they did not file required ethics documents with the Ethics Commission. That disqualified them as a candidate.

The seat was vacated by Melton after he became the new mayor of Selma.

District 67 covers Selma, Orrville, Valley Grand, and Marion. It's made up of about 38,000 residents, 69 percent of which are African-American and 29 percent Caucasian. 

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