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Allen seeks Malone's Senate seat

Posted April 27, 2009

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— 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.

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  • ncman Apr 27, 2009

    I think our Governor needs to hold a special election to fill the seat. One thing we don't need is another corrupt democrat in the senate. I am not saying Vernon was, I had known him and believe him to have been honest and working for his district, but we've had enough corrupt dems in office. Let's try a CHANGE.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 27, 2009

    If anyone from his district votes for any Democrat in the next election then mores the fool are they! I believe its called "MORE OF THE SAME"

  • PaulRevere Apr 27, 2009

    E. None of the above

  • beachboater Apr 27, 2009

    I'd pick him over the lobbyist.

  • freddie cadetti 72 Apr 27, 2009

    Give me a break.