Editorial: Our Picks

Editorial: Our Picks
October 23
00:00 2014

Ever since President Obama was elected, the Republican Party and many white Americans have had to face their unresolved racism and prejudice.

The GOP, in particular, has exhibited a throwback meanness that harkens back to an era before the Civil Rights Movement. All of the party’s resistance has racial overtones – from the government shutdowns to targeting ObamaCare. Halting any success the President may have has become the sole mission of Republicans, who invoke the name “Obama” almost like it is a hate-filled racial pejorative.
A black president and the ever-browning of America have driven many to the point of out-right hatred. Their attempt to maintain power is behind this movement to disenfranchise, deny and subordinate blacks and other people of color.

So why should blacks come out and vote during this Midterm election? Because we are standing up against the idea that you can’t win by associating with President Obama. True, some Democrats may deserve to lose, but we are not going to let that happen because we are fighting back at the polls against the way the first African American president has been treated.

President Obama’s name may not be on the ballot, but he is still running – running against the racism and vitriol that have run rampant since he set foot in the White House. We plan to support President Obama by voting against those who would stand against him.

Our choices in the competitive races are: Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate. She has dodged the President at every turn to bolster her re-election chances, but she is the lesser of two evils; Josh Brannon for the U.S. House Fifth District, and Alma Adams for the U.S. House 12th District; John Motsinger in State Senate District 31; Evelyn Terry is NC House District 71; Mary Dickinson in NC House District 74; David Gordon in NC House District 75; and Cristina Vazquez in NC House District 79.

In the County Commissioners At-Large race, Ted Kaplan stands head and shoulders above the shortsighted Bill Whiteheart. We favor the Democrats – Katherine Fansler, German Garcia and Elisabeth Motsinger – in the School Board At-Large contest because Republican-rule of the board has not elevated or improved our schools. For the same reason, we like Laura Elliott and Deanna Kaplan in School Board District 2.

Susan Frye is by far the most qualified in the Clerk of Court race. We don’t like either choice for NC Supreme Court Chief Justice. Both Mark Martin and Ola Lewis are conservative Republicans – and proud of it. We support Sam Ervin IV, Robin Hudson and Cheri Beasley (the court’s only African American) for the Supreme Court Associate Justice seats.

We like Abe Jones, a Harvard-educated former Superior Court Judge and current UNC Law professor, in the crowded NC Court of Appeals race to replace Judge John C. Martin. Our other Court of Appeals choices are Lucy Inman and Mark Davis.

We like Valene Franco for District Court judge. Her experience and expertise are far superior to those of her opponent, Ted Kazakos. Kazakos is likable and has a devoted following. Those factors may win “American Idol,” but when we are selecting a leader who will wield an extraordinary amount of power, we should dig deeper.

Because the Forsyth Soil and Water supervisors are currently all men, we like Elizabeth Tucker and Vanessa Zboreak. All boards and councils should reflect the cities and communities they serve.

While some say passing the state constitution measure to allow defendants to waive a jury trial is a covert way of denying them their rights, we think the option should be available – as long as defendants are clearly made aware of what they are giving up. We also like that there is a safeguard – a judge must sign-off before a waiver is granted.

We are voting Yes on the city bonds, but we must pressure our leaders to make sure that communities of colors, indeed, get their fair share of the pie. The good the proposed bond projects will do far outweighs the relatively small tax hike.

*Early Voting is from Thursday, Oct.23-Nov.1  

*Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4

*For More information pick up the October 23rd edition of The Chronicle in newsstands for a special section inserted into each copy.

About Author

WS Chronicle

WS Chronicle

Related Articles


Featured Sponsor

Receive Chronicle Updates

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



More Sponsors