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Committee picks England as candidate for District 70

MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Tuscaloosa County Democratic Executive Committee has recommended that assistant Tuscaloosa City Attorney Chris England receive the party's nomination for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

The committee recommended the 29-year-old England on Tuesday for the House District 70 seat currently held by Rep. Bryant Melton, D-Tuscaloosa, who has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and theft charges in a federal investigation into financial dealings at Shelton State Community College and a foundation that supports the school.

Melton won the Democratic Party nomination in the June 6 primary, but will have to resign his position when he officially enters his guilty plea.

England is the son of Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge John England, who is the Democratic Party nominee for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.

The final decision on a nominee for the House District 70 seat will be made by the State Democratic Executive Committee.

There is no Republican candidate in the race, so the nominee picked by the state committee will likely be the House District 70 representative.

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