NAACP leaders stress importance of election
Posted October 29, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.