Local Politics

Malone's Senate replacement named

Posted May 6, 2009 9:22 p.m. EDT

— State Rep. Dan Blue, D-Wake, was chosen Wednesday evening as the replacement for a state Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Vernon Malone.

Malone, 77, died of natural causes at his Raleigh home on April 18. The Democrat and former educator had represented District 14 in the General Assembly for four years.

Wake County Democratic Party officials named Blue to fill the seat, but the governor must appoint him.

Blue served as a state representative for 19 years, including as Speaker of the House for three years, until 2002, when he ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat. He returned to the General Assembly in 2006, replacing Rep. Bernard Allen, who died of a stroke.

A replacement must now be named to take over Blue's seat in the House.