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NAACP leaders stress importance of election

Posted October 29

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— With a little more than a week to Election Day, NAACP leaders stress the importance of listening to the candidates.

“It’s important that we’re able to make informed decisions, that we know where the candidates stand on those issues and how they match up with concerns that are important to us,” Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau.

Several candidates from both the Republican and Democratic party were invited to speak at the organizations 73rd Annual State Convention in Raleigh.

Each was given just a few minutes to talk about policy and why they've earned the vote. Not everyone accepted the invitation.

Candidate for U.S. Senate, Richard Burr did not attend.

His opponent, Deborah Ross spoke on social security, minimum wage and a number of other social and economic issues.

“The main things that I’ve been hearing from people, because I do a lot of listening, is that economic issues are first and foremost in their minds,” Ross said.

Gubernatorial incumbent, Governor Pat McCrory, was absent.

His opponent, Roy Cooper, spoke, driving home education.

“We need to invest in public education, all the way from early childhood to our universities, because that is where equal opportunity is created,” Cooper said.

Also there to discuss the issues, state Supreme Court candidate Robert Edmunds boasted bipartisan support. State Supreme Court candidate Michael Morgan said he's familiar with the NAACP and the issues that matter to its members.

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  • Barney Gravel Oct 30, 11:27 a.m.
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    I had a very good friend that referred to African Americans as "genetic Democrats." My question is why do you keep voting for people who make your lives worse. If you like your economic progress under Obama you are going to love it under Mrs. Bill Clinton. I will say AA Democrats in Chicago are remarkable, they are immortal and can vote after dying.

  • Alex Stephens Oct 30, 7:59 a.m.
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    The attendees' vote is pretty much a foregone conclusion, isn't it?

  • Samuel Tyler Oct 30, 2:07 a.m.
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    Why does race matter when it comes to voting? Didn't MLK Jr. say an individual should be judged on their character and not the color of their skin?

  • James Jones Oct 30, 12:31 a.m.
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    Democrats motto vote early vote often and vote democrats, let the dead pull us int victory