You can count Wake County school board chairwoman Rosa Gill as one of the candidates who want to fill the District 14 seat of state Senator Vernon Malone.
Gill said she will be among the speakers who will make their case to replace Malone, who died April 18, at a forum Saturday sponsored by the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association, a civil-rights organization.
While the forum won't determine who will get the seat, the RWCA will make a recommendation to the Wake County Democratic Party after the meeting.
Malone's replacement will be named May 6 at a meeting run by the Wake County Democratic Party. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh. Jack Nichols, chairman of the Wake Democratic Party, said each nominated candidate will have five minutes to speak at the meeting.
About 60 people are eligible to vote for Malone's replacement, including school board member Lori Millberg.
Millberg told Gill that one of the other candidates, whom she did not name, had the "bad taste" of lobbying her for the position even before Malone was buried on Thursday.
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So far, Marlowe W. Foster, a lobbyist with Pfizer; and Bernard Allen Jr., the son of a former representative, have both announced they'll run.
Other rumored candidates include Alexander Killens, former director of the state's Division of Motor Vehicles; and state Rep. Dan Blue, a former House speaker.
Even if Gill isn't appointed to replace Malone, there's another possibility. She might be appointed to fill Blue's seat if he's named the new senator.
If you want to go to Saturday's forum, it will be held at 10 a.m. at the Seby Jones Fine Arts Building at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh.