April 26
11:24 2018

Endorsements for May 8 Primary

To the Editor:
The midterm election season is underway and pundits are buzzing about the possible changes that may happen in Washington. But I’m focused on the municipal and state elections happening in our backyard. We have big races coming up and many will not be competitive pass the May 8 primary.

Incumbent State Sen. Joyce Krawiec is running for re-election in District 31. She is a local business owner, community activist and impressive leader. I’ve worked alongside Senator Krawiec on a wide range of issues, including domestic energy production, which she largely supports. Voters should look for her on the ballot.

Forsyth County has two openings coming up on the Board of Commissioners in District A. Fleming El-Amin was selected to fill a vacancy on the board after Walter Marshall passed away in 2017. Fleming has been a constant presence in the community for decades, and we used to debate one another on “Community Focus” – a weekly public affairs show broadcast on 97.1 QMG. Voters need to support him.

Undoubtedly, local executive Tony Burton shook up the race when he entered. Tony has been a proven leader in education, a responsible community leader and an emerging visionary when it comes to what can be done to grow East Winston-Salem. Voters must work to get him on the Board of Commissioners.

Forsyth County also has a crowded field of candidates vying for spots on the Board of Education after two incumbents decided not to file. Lida Hayes-Calvert is a local business owner and strong woman; she is exactly what parents and voters need. Not to mention, Malishai Woodbury, a highly accomplished education professional, would bring deep experience. Voters need to help both ladies secure a position.

Our ancestors sacrificed blood, sweat and many tears to ensure we all had access to political franchise and a voice in society. We must be careful not to simply pay attention every four years when the White House is up for grabs, but moreover start to embrace local elections – because in the end they have the greatest impact on daily life.

Algenon L. Cash

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