Five qualify for House District 53 seat

FourDemocrats and a Republican have qualified to run for the Alabama House District53 seat in Birmingham which became open when longtime Democratic Rep. DemetriusNewton passed away.

Democratsqualifying included Anthony "Alann" Johnson, assistant pastor at ZionStar Baptist Church; Birmingham attorney Arthur D. Shores Lee; Demetrius C.Newton Jr., an instructor at Miles College; and Frank Topping, who is retired.

Qualifyingas a Republican was Birmingham real estate broker Willie "W.A."Casey. Casey is a deacon at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Primary election for theDemocratic candidates will be Dec. 3 and the runoff if necessary will be Jan.28. General election is scheduled for March 25. If there is no runoff, thegeneral election will be Jan. 28.