Prince Chestnut wins House District 67 Special Election

February 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Selma municipal Judge Prince Chestnut won the Alabama House District 67 Special Democratic Party Primary to decide who will be the district’s next State Representative replacing former State Representative Darrio Melton (D) who was elected as the Mayor of Selma.

Chestnut said on social media, “Thank you, to everyone who voted today. Also, your likes, shares and comments helped get the word out. Your vote and support is very much appreciated.” Read More

Special Election today in House District 67

January 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Voters in Alabama House District 67 go to the polls today, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, to decide who will be the district’s next state representative.

A primary election for the position of Alabama House of Representatives District 67 was called after former State Representative Darrio Melton (D) was elected as the Mayor of Selma.

The special Democratic Party Primary election is today. The special Democratic Party runoff will be held on April 18, 2017. No Republican qualified so unless an independent or minor party candidate qualifies in this majority minority district then the winner of the Democratic Party Primary will be the winner and a special general election will not be necessary. If both a runoff and a general election are necessary it will be held on June 27, 2017. Read More

Qualifying Begins for House District 67 Seat

November 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced the timeline for a special election to fill the vacant District 67 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. The District 67 House seat was previously held by Representative Darrio Melton (D-Selma) who was recently elected as the Mayor of Selma.

The Special Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. If a Special Primary Election is not necessary, because the major parties each have only one candidate, the Special General Election shall be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
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The clock is running out to fight Obama: We need real solutions to Alabama’s problems

January 26, 2016

By Rep. Darrio Melton

If you’ve turned on a TV lately, you might have caught Senator Richard Shelby’s latest TV ads, the ones of him driving a Ford Explorer through the Alabama country roads and talking about how he fights Obama in Washington every day.  Sound familiar?

Senator Shelby isn’t the only Alabama politician who prioritizes fighting President Obama, and the sentiment is echoed loudly and frequently throughout the State Legislature.  The sentiment also creates problems when it comes to fixing our budget woes and putting Alabama back on track for a successful future.
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Dr. King’s Legacy Depends On You

January 19, 2016

By Rep. Darrio Melton

This week, we took a day out of our schedules to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a tireless advocate for socioeconomic justice and equal rights at a time of tremendous upheaval in our nation’s history. Dr. King shared his dream with America and empowered us to continue moving the bar forward, never accepting less than fair and equal representation for all people.
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Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect about the kind of America we want to be

November 24, 2015

Rep. Darrio Melton

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American tradition–a time to join together with friends and family to celebrate the gifts we’ve been given. As we move forward into the holiday season, I think it’s especially poignant that we stop and say thank you for our blessings.

Many of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Pilgrims came to America from Europe, struggling to survive in the New World. Some historians cite religious freedom as their major motive while others point to economic concerns, yet regardless of their motives, they made it to America and put down roots that would last for centuries.
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National Guard Armory Closings Reveal Priorities

November 17, 2015

By Rep. Darrio Melton

This week, our hearts went out to the victims of tragedies in Paris and Beirut. Americans stood in solidarity with the victims of these horrific attacks and committed ourselves to continue working to prevent these attacks at home and abroad.

At the heart of the conversation about dealing with terrorism, extremism, and ISIS has been a conversation about Syrian refugees and their role in our nation.
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Melton Sends Open Letter to Governor

November 10, 2015

SELMA, Ala.–Representative Darrio Melton sent the following open letter to Governor Robert Bentley concerning the closure of Paul M. Grist State Park.  Melton is eager to work with the Governor’s office and Dallas County leadership to find a solution to maintain operations at this park.

Anyone interested in discussing this issue is invited to join Representative Melton for a Telephone Town Hall Meeting on November 10 at 6:00 p.m. by signing up at www.darriomelton.com/townhall.
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I have your silver bullet, Governor

November 3, 2015

By Rep. Darrio Melton

In politics and in life, there is seldom a “silver bullet” solution. Panaceas and cure-alls are typically the talk of snake oil salesmen, while public policy is frequently grounded in realms of give-and-take and cost-benefit analyses.

Alabama’s budget crisis has been no different. There have been a number of solutions on the table, each with a costly drawback in exchange for a budget cure–except one.
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Rural leadership isn’t playing politics or playing the victim—We’re standing up for our communities

October 27, 2015


By Rep. Darrio Melton 

Twentieth Century author Eric Hoffer once pointed out an illogical truth about humans: “People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.”

Such is true with the duality of our political perceptions in Alabama: we lament the Federal government’s role while holding out our hand for more than $3 returned to our state for every dollar we send to Washington DC.
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