Five running for Selma mayor

Published 11:35 am Thursday, June 9, 2016

Alabama State Rep. Darrio Melton has joined a growing list of candidates planning to run for mayor of Selma.

Melton confirmed his intentions Thursday morning and joins a field with five candidates. There are in alphabetical order:

*Selma City Councilman Greg Bjelke, who won a special election in 2011 to complete Monica Newton’s term representing Ward 3. A year later, Bjelke was reelected without opposition to a full four-year term.

*Incumbent Mayor George Evans, who was first elected in 2008 and has served two terms. He was elected Selma’s first black city council president in 2000 and became the first African American superintendent of the Dallas County Schools System in 1994.

*Jerria Martin, who graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013 and is an ordained Baptist minister. She runs a ministry called Circle of Hope and teaches religion at Wallace Community College Selma.

*Melton, who has represented Selma in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2010. He was reelected in 2014. His District 67 includes all of Dallas County as well as Marion and the western part of Perry County.

*Former Mayor James Perkins, who served two terms from 2000 to 2008. Perkins made history in 2000 when he was elected as the city’s first black mayor.

Qualifying for mayor as well as city council members begins July 5 and runs through July 19.

The last day to register to vote will be Aug. 10 and Election Day will be Aug. 23. If needed, any run-off elections will be Oct. 4.