Raleigh, N.C. — Bernard Allen II on Monday announced his candidacy for the Senate seat left open by the April 18 death of Sen. Vernon Malone.
Allen, 44, is the son of the late state Rep. Bernard Allen.
"Senator Malone served the people of Wake County for over 35 years," Allen said in a statement. "I promise to uphold his ideals and to put the people of this district first.
"These difficult economic times have shown us how close to the edge working families live. I believe that we can and must do more to ensure a high quality of life for every resident of our state," he said.
Allen is a coordinator for the State Employees Association of North Carolina and previously worked for the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
He is a graduate of Enloe High School and St. Augustine's College and is a vice chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party.
Allen is the second announced candidate for Malone's seat. Lobbyist Marlowe Foster said this weekend he would like to fill the remainder of the two-year term.
Members of the State Senate District Executive Committee will meet May 6 to place their nominations and hear from nominees. The committee is expected to choose Malone's replacement the same day.
Gov. Beverly Perdue must appoint that person to Malone's seat.