Darrio Melton

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Darrio Melton
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Alabama House of Representatives District 67
Incumbent
In office
November 3, 2010-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama Birmingham, 2001
OtherMDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 2004
Personal
ProfessionAssociate Pastor
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Darrio Melton is a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 67. He was first elected to the chamber on November 2, 2010.

When Melton launched his campaign on December 31, 2009, he made the announcement at the George Washington Carver Homes, the same neighborhood where he grew up.[1]

Biography

A Selma native, Melton grew up in a single parent household and attended Selma Public Schools, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Emory University. He has since returned to Selma where he serves as associate pastor at Tabernacle of Praise Church and adjunct instructor at Wallace Community College of Selma. Melton also serves as Director of Tabernacle of Praise's School of Minsitry. During his divinity studies at Emory's Candler School of Theology, Melton served as intern Chaplain at Metro State Prison. At commencement, he received the Ruth Sewell Flowers Award, a faculty-awarded prize for the student who has, "shown the greatest improvement in ministerial qualifications during the three years spent in the School of Theology." Since 2004, he has served as Constituent Service Representative for Congressman Artur Davis (AL-07), focusing on the state's "Black Belt" region.

Education

  • St. Thomas University, '10, Ph.D in Religious Studies
  • Candler School of Theology at Emory University, '04, Master's of Divinity
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham, '01, B.S. in Psychology cum laude
  • Selma High School

Academic

  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Darrio Melton for House 67' 'March 7, 2010 QueenState Parade'

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Melton served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:

  • Subcommittee on Agency and Commission Issues
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Green Technology

Issues

Campaign themes

2010

Asked to comment on his major focus during the primary, Melton answered, "The bigger issue is economic development, jobs, unemployment rate one of the highest in the state, a huge issue but again that ties hand in hand with education."[2]

Community Development

For Melton, returning to Selma was a personal choice, rooted in working to develop services in rural areas. His key campaign platforms include expanding healthcare access in rural areas as well as growing small business opportunities and tourism. He also cites bringing broadband technology to underdeveloped areas.

Education

Melton hopes to focus on expanding initiative programs to keep students in high school and push them to go to college. Also, he cites plans to integrate various educational programs and create a "seamless" education system.

Elections

2014

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Darrio Melton was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

2010

See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Melton defeated incumbent Yusuf Salaam (D) in the June 1 primary.[7] Salaam, who was seeking his fifth term, received 5,073 votes while Melton received 5,533. He then ran unopposed in the November 2 general election.[8]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 67 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Darrio Melton (D) 5,533
Yusuf Salaam (D) 5,073

Speaking about his primary win, Melton commented:

People are hungering for something new, something different,” Melton said. “I’m not here to represent myself, I’m here to represent the people, and I think people spoke tonight with a loud volume.”

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Melton raised $70,733 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Melton, Darrio $15,000
Melton, Darrio $10,000
Alabama Education Association $10,000
Shoe Palace $4,670

Personal

Melton married his high school girlfriend, Christy, and they have one son, Darrio, II.

He served on the Selma-Dallas County Leadership Class XVI and as a board member for Voices for Alabama Children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Yusuf Salaam
Alabama House District 67
2010–present
Succeeded by
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