Ken Spaulding is prepared to be governor

Ken Spaulding is prepared to be governor
February 18
00:00 2016

Candidate Spaulding

North Carolinians are voting for governor this year, and they have a choice in the Democratic primary. Attorney General Roy Cooper is considered the front-runner, and he has raised a great deal of money. The other Democrat running is Ken Spaulding of Durham. This is the man The Chronicle endorses for governor in the Democratic primary.

Spaulding, an African-American, has experience as a legislator, so he knows how to deal with issues of concern to the people directly.

In 1978, Spaulding was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he served until 1984. While there, he introduced and helped secure passage of the state’s first Rape Victim Assistance Program. He also pushed for literacy achievement for adults throughout North Carolina, introduced and helped pass legislation that allowed public housing residents the opportunity to serve and vote on local Housing Authority Boards.

He also has served on the North Carolina Board of Transportation.

Spaulding has been a practicing attorney since 1970.

During Spaulding’s private sector career, he helped bring hundreds of millions of dollars of economic investment and development into North Carolina along with thousands of jobs for the people of this state.

He is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970.

Spaulding says he is prepared to tackle the tough issues the state faces, such as education. He sup-ports increased pay for teachers as part of a way to rebuild our education system.

Spaulding also would work for stable social and business climates to create “a vibrant and active business community,” because, he says, they go hand in hand.

The Durham lawyer has the public and private sector experience to lead North Carolina in the right direction. Right now, the state is moving backward as voting rights are being taken away and assistance to help the state’s most vulnerable is, too.

Cooper has been part of the backward movement by failing to push for justice in cases involving the deaths of black men, such as Jonathan Ferrell of Charlotte, and the lives of black men who have not been given the consideration of innocence, such as Kalvin Michael Smith. If he operates on that level, what would he do as governor?

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