Valerie Jarrett (fifth from the left in the front), chief White House advisor to President Obama, made a surprise visit to Milwaukee Friday to speak to and fire up canvassers who will be flooding the neighborhoods in the North and Northwest areas of the city to get the vote out for the president. The kick-off event was held at the Obama campaign headquarters at 8550 Brown Deer Rd. Jarrett encouraged the group to tell those undecided voters about the president’s accomplishments and the negative impact a Romney presidency would have on the nation. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp
Question of the week: “Though President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney has increased in the polls, do you think people in the community will still see the urgency of going out to vote on November 6? Why or why not?”
Kobena Marcus J. Collins: “I think the people who would normally vote will remain to see the urgency. Ultimately, it is up to us – the community – to reinforce the sense of urgency.”
Michele Sommers: “I pray our community comes out to vote. As a teacher and a mother, I try to make our young people understand the importance of voting and what Black people had to do to achieve that right. Complaining means nothing if we’re not willing to do our part to change what we are complaining about.”
Gwen Jeffro: “I believe the people will see the urgency to vote and not sit back and think their vote does not count or be complacent and believe that the polls have president Obama winning so ‘I don’t need to vote.’ This is the worse attitude to take. He needs all of us and we need him. Our future depends on your vote and mine.”
Anthony Atkins: “I do feel the sense of urgency is fading a bit. I think Obama will win, but not by as much as he should. Our youth will need to not be as apathetic as the election draws near.”
Washington — Deidra Reese isn’t waiting for people to come to her to find out whether they are registered to vote.
With iPad in hand, Reese is going to community centers, homes, and churches in nine Ohio cities, looking up registrations to make sure voters have proper ID and everything else they need to cast ballots on Election Day.
“We are not going to give back one single inch. We have fought too long and too hard,” said Reese, 45, coordinator of the Columbus-based Ohio Unity Coalition, an affiliate of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
Reese is part of a cadre of Black women engaged in a revived wave of voting rights advocacy four years after the historic election of the nation’s first Black president. Provoked by voting law changes in various states, they have decided to help voters navigate the system – a fitting role, they say, given that Black women had the highest turnout of any group of voters in 2008.
“We’ve forgotten our mothers went to three jobs, picked us up from school, put the macaroni and cheese on the table, got up, and got somebody registered to vote,” said actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, one of several women who participated in a strategy session this week during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference in the nation’s capital. Ralph is married to Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Hughes.
The political and financial power of Black women is one of the themes of this year’s four-day event. It will culminate Saturday with a keynote speech from one of the most visible Black women in America, First Lady Michelle Obama.
“It’s time for us to lead the way because we voted in greater numbers than any other gender and race group last election, and we got to do the same this year,” said Elsie Scott, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Turnout among women of all races is generally higher than for men. In 2008, about 69 percent of eligible Black female voters went to the polls, an increase of 5.1 percentage points over 2004, according to a study of census data on 2008 voters by the Pew Hispanic Center. That compares with 66.1 percent of White women.
African-American women, who number about 20 million in the United States, have long been the largest group of Democratic voters in the country, said David Bositis, senior research associate with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
In a room at the Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, the sense of urgency among the women was palpable. They noted that voter registration deadlines in some states are as early as Oct. 6, the last of them on Oct. 16. Few attendees accepted the argument that the new voting laws were intended to fight fraud, as supporters of those laws maintain.
Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, said Black women showed in 2008 they can turn out in record numbers. But in 2010, “we sat home and while we were sitting at home, there were others that were plotting and what they decided to do was to change the rules of the game.”
The women invoke the name of abolitionist and women’s suffragist Sojourner Truth, and repeat civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer‘s famous line – “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” – as a rallying cry. They talk strategy about checking to see who’s been purged from voter rolls or locating documents that voters need to get photo identification. All along, they remind voters of the time, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 became law, when Black people were kept from voting.
Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said a voter hotline set up by several groups already gets a thousand calls a day. Callers are typically people who don’t know if they can vote, whether their felony conviction keeps them from voting, or what ID is required in their state, if at all.
Her organization has created a computer app that allows people to verify their registration status, get help registering online, learn about voting requirements in their state, find polling places and receive other assistance.
Washington — Michelle Obama says protecting the right to vote has become the nation’s most important civil rights issue.
The first lady tells a gathering of black lawmakers and leaders that they owe it to those who fought and died for equal rights in the 1960s to make sure every voter can freely cast a ballot.
Her comments at an annual awards banquet for the Congressional Black Caucus come amidst a push in more than a dozen states to pass laws requiring voters to show ID at the polls. Critics say the laws unfairly harm minorities, poor people and college students – all groups that tend to vote Democratic.
Comparing it to the civil rights movement, Obama calls voting rights “the march or our time” and “the sit in of our day.”
‘YES We Will’
St. Mark AME Church, 1616 W. Atkinson Avenue, under the leadership of Pastor Darryl R. Williams, in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter, is providing Registration to VOTE assistance to any Milwaukee resident age 18 years or older following each Sunday Service; the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:45 a.m. service.
The public is welcome to avail themselves of this service beginning, Sunday, September 9, 2012, through Sunday, October 14, 2012. All are Welcome!!!
Please share this information with a person you know who may possibly need encouragement.
“Each One Reach One.” For more information, please contact, Sandra Hubbard, Basileus, Khyana Humphry, Anti Basileus or Sorors Cassandra Jenkins and Annie Beamon at (414) 562-8030. Rev. Darryl R. Williams, Pastor.
Historic alliance will fight voter suppression with massive voter registration and education in churches across the country
(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP today announced an historic partnership with the major African American Baptist Conventions to promote voter registration through the NAACP’s This Is My Vote! campaign. NAACP board members joined Baptist leaders at a press conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
“We are here today in the spirit of unity and common purpose to say that we will not allow our votes to be stolen,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “The NAACP and the black church have been partners in the struggle for justice, equality and fairness for more than 100 years. We will work together to defend the right to vote and at the same time empower our communities to vote in all of the 2012 elections.”
In the last year, more than 30 states introduced voter suppression laws that disproportionately impact African American voters. This partnership will combat these attacks and ensure high voter participation through coordinated registration, education, and Get Out the Vote efforts that will reach millions.
“From voter registration to voter education to voter protection, this powerful alliance will allow the African American Baptist Conventions to engage our congregations in the electoral process,” stated Dr. Julius Scruggs, National Baptist Convention President and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “With attacks on voting rights emerging in state after state, we must stand together to ensure that our voices are heard.”
Churches will receive voter registration training through the NAACP and conduct voter registration drives until the cutoff dates. Additionally, the NAACP will distribute alerts on changes in local voter laws; educate congregants on legislative matters that affect their communities; and ensure church-goers turn out to the polls and are protected on Election Day.
The gathered Baptist leaders included Dr. Julius Scruggs, National Baptist Convention President; Dr. Carroll Baltimore, president, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.; Dr. Gregory K. Moss, Sr., president, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention; and Dr. Stephen Thurston, president, National Baptist Convention of America. Dr. Nehemiah Davis, president, National Missionary Baptist Convention was not able to attend but his group has also committed to support the civic engagement efforts.
The NAACP leaders included Dr. Amos Brown, Immediate Past Chair of the Religious Affairs Committee on the NAACP National Board of Directors and Social Justice Chair of the National Baptist Convention; as well as Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, member of the Religious Affairs Committee.
“The NAACP has been dedicated to fighting voter suppression, and their steady work has borne fruit in states like Florida and Texas,” stated Thurston. “We are excited to partner with them to make it easier for church-goers around the country to participate on Election Day. Where there is unity, there is also strength.”
“As we take on this righteous cause, we should be encouraged by our historical successes,” stated Baltimore. “The NAACP and the black Baptist church have a long tradition of encouraging strong voter turnout, and we will continue that this year.”
“The Baptist tradition is dedicated to promoting social justice in all our communities,” stated Moss. “There is no greater embodiment of this responsibility than the battle for full participation in the democratic process. No matter what the laws are, our congregations must vote anyhow.”
“Many in this country would have us go backwards rather than forwards,” stated Barber, who is also chair of the Political Action and Legislative Committee on the NAACP National Board of Directors. “Besides the attack on voting rights, we have seen widening economic injustice and poverty, challenges to health care, and attacks on public education along with continuing disparities in the criminal justice system. That is why we are announcing a national day of voter registration and action on September 16th.”
“For over one hundred years the NAACP and the church have partnered to combat threats to our civil rights,” said Brown. “This year we intend to redouble those efforts and ensure all Americans have the right to vote.”
“This crucial partnership will make it easier for thousands of church-goers to participate on Election Day,” stated Rev. Nelson Rivers III, Vice President of Stakeholder Relations with the NAACP. “Our ability to fight injustice rests in our souls and is manifested in our actions. This year, the most important action we can take in the fight for justice is to exercise our right to vote.”
by Joseph Neguse // Colorado Daily
Published September 3, 2012
For many CU students, Nov. 6 will be their first opportunity to vote — and for even more, it will be the first time they vote in a Presidential election.
As a CU Regent and recent CU alum, I hear from a lot of students who are interested, engaged and ready to make their voices heard loud and clear — especially with President Obama on our campus.
That’s because the stakes are so high on so many of the issues we care about — and the choice ever more clear.
It’s a choice between moving forward and investing in the things that support a strong middle class — education, health care, clean energy — or returning to policies that crashed our economy and weakened the middle-class security that our parents and grandparents built over a lifetime of hard work.
It’s about continuing the progress we’ve made under President Obama — making college more affordable, ending the War in Iraq and drawing down troops in Afghanistan, ensuring Americans can serve the country they love regardless of whom they love, or investing in clean and renewable energy.
He has made education a top national priority because he believes, as we believe, that the country that out-educates the rest of the world will out-compete and out-innovate the world, too.
That’s why he’s doubled our investment in Pell Grants and expanded them to 3 million more students, including many at CU. That’s why families now get a tax credit to help send their son or daughter to college.
On issue after issue, President Obama has fought, day in and day out, to create a brighter future for young people and all Americans.
And that’s what’s at stake in this election — our future.
The youth vote played a pivotal role in delivering the election for President Obama in 2008, and young Coloradans will play just as critical a role this time around.
This election could come down to just a few votes in a single state. And just one conversation could make the difference between moving forward and falling backward. Young people can make that difference.
And if that’s not incentive enough, the Obama campaign here in Colorado has decided to make things a little more interesting.
The campaign just launched the GottaRegister Rocky Mountain Rumble. It’s a competition to see which campus — CU-Boulder or CSU-Fort Collins, Buffs or Rams — can register the most voters.
I might be biased, but I think CU will pull it out. But it won’t be easy. To win, we need to make sure each of us and all of our friends and families are registered to vote. We can’t let anyone sit this one out.
Knock on doors, make a few phone calls. Go dorm to dorm, neighborhood to neighborhood and tell everyone you know that they have the power to decide which path we take as a country.
A lot of pundits are betting on the fact that students and young people are going to sit this election out. The other side is banking on it. They think we’re apathetic, cynical, complacent — you name it.
But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. So it’s time we prove them wrong. It’s time to make our voices heard.
A lot of decisions are being made every day that affect young people all across the country — on the economy, on energy, education, health care and more. Let’s make sure those decisions aren’t made without our input.
Let’s make sure young people like us have a say.
Joseph Neguse is a University of Colorado Regent for the 2nd Congressional District, a CU-Boulder Alum and resident of Broomfield.
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News Analysis by Paul Kleyman–New America Media
Could Mitt Romney’s VP choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan—praised widely as the smarter, more pragmatic radical conservative with a plan—split the boomer-generation vote in the GOP’s favor?
After all, the Pew Center’s generational analysis shows a somewhat more conservative swing among younger boomers, who hit their formative political years in the Reagan era. In a vice-tight election, a few electoral votes shaved from any large demographic group might, in theory, swing the Rom-Ryan ticket to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Senior Vote Bigger Than Their Numbers
But the GOP hopefuls shouldn’t count on it. The boomers are not only the biggest generation in American history at 78 million (compared to Ryan’s Gen Xers at 40 million), but they’re more like a generation and a half at 19 years, born from 1946 through 1964.
Who cares? Seniors vote. The over-65 generation, for instance, constitute 13 percent of the U.S. population but, in 2008, 19 percent of the vote, according to the Pew Center.
Still, President Obama will need to work for every vote November 6. For older voters, he’ll have to convincingly distance himself from things like his stated willingness to compromise on entitlement programs in the name of his Grand Bargain with the GOP for some tax increases on the rich.
Evidently, Obama missed that a policy changes like raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare would harm many ethnic elders, aging women and a large number of middle class folks who lost their houses and retirement saving in the Great Recession.
As for boomers, some gerontologists make much of differences between “leading-edge” boomers, now turning 66—the full Social Security retirement age–and their middle-aged counterparts, clocking in 48-57.
Political scientists have long shown that “age cohorts” (groups born in a specific time period) change their partisan leanings depending on who is president when they reach the age of political awareness. Old boomers like me reached our teens in the 1960s of JFK’s youthful Bostonian “vigah” and LBJ’s schizophrenic Great Society and Vietnam chaos. Younger boomers had Nixon’s Watergate and Jimmy Carter’s conservation plan—wear a sweater before raising the thermostat.
So those ‘70s kids tend to be wary of the turmoil surrounding their older siblings, but not as conservative as the Eisenhower-era seniors of today (the so-called Silent Generation mostly in their 70s), who are, in turn, less liberal overall than their parents or older siblings’ Depression/WWII Generation presided over by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Elder Vote and Obama
Case in point: Conventional analysis marks that four years ago, seniors were the only age demographic to vote for John McCain. But political scientists on the senior vote note that nobody is getting any younger. Much of the 65-plus age group in 2008 came to political awareness in the Eisenhower years. Measured at 65-plus, John McCain won the senior vote by 53-45 percent in 2008.
The 60-plus voters, though, included more of that 1960s gang. McCain still won, but by a 51-47 percent margin. Obama might have swung that vote his way had his campaign done anything beyond obligatory visits to a Florida nursing home to court the older Democratic vote.
Clearly, the Obama campaign is ready to spike the autumn football in the GOP end zone over Ryan’s budgetary radicalism on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
For instance, Ryan budget’s promise [http://roadmap.republicans.budget.house.gov] to turn Medicare into a voucher program and privatize Social Security have already promoted the Miami Herald to surmise, “Ryan could be a drag on Romney in Florida.”
But the Democrats are yet to exploit significant weaknesses in the arguments for “entitlement reform” by GOP stalwarts, like former Sen. Alan Simpson and Romney. For example, they keep saying the older generation should not object to changes they propose because seniors won’t be affected–it will only start with people 55 or younger today—those supposedly more conservative younger boomers.
The popularity of Social Security and Medicare in particular is not just high among elderly people, but for decades and in multiple recent pools has been clearly shown across all age groups.
Obama’s Toughest Test
One of the toughest tests for the Obama campaign is whether or not the president can sideline enough of his centrism to keep his support from Wall Street Democrats in line while they properly scare the beejeebers out of boomers. Can they energize them with what Ryan’s detailed budget planning will do to them (and to Gen X, their children, now hitting 40).
GOP and Democratic centrists, aided and abetted by the supposedly liberal Washington press corps love to tout bipartisan respect for Ryan’s “intellectual” leadership and integrity. Bob Schieffer’s soft interview with the Romney twins on “60 Minutes” Sunday night littered the campaign trail with enough platitudes to feed Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” with straight lines for months.
Washington may love Ryan’s impression of policy freshness, but he proposes changes too radical for too many GOP voters.
The Tea Party certainly has its sway, but in November it’s not likely to have its day, that is, if Obama doesn’t drop his advantage.
Remember when Newt Gingrich tried to claim more middle ground to distinguish his candidacy by criticizing the Ryan budget plan on “Meet the Press” as “right-wing social engineering”? Never mind that today he’s trumpeting the Romney’s choice of Ryan. A year ago Gingrich declared himself “against a conservative imposing radical change”–and he almost as immediately backpeddled when he was pelted by wet tea-bags of party criticism.
Today, Romney has raised the electoral stakes by diversifying his electoral portfolio with his Tea Party cred—but it’s a Tea Party that remains politically powerful as its popularity in GOP ranks has waned.
The Obama campaign will certainly play off of Ryan’s radicalism—likely using it to define Romney as undefined in his flip-flopping and tea-pandering–raising the question of who will be in charge in a Rom-Ryan White House?
But also, another responsibility for countering the radical right’s rise to the White House must fall on the spirit, if not the actual leadership (or un-leadership) of the Occupy movement.
Occupy vs. The GOP’s “Fiscal Cliff”
Romney’s advantage in the choice of Ryan, once again sets the onus of national discussion on pulling the federal budget back from the “fiscal cliff”– the national debt and the “entitlement” night monsters that the right and Wall Street want Americans to imagine lurk under our national bed.
But less than a year ago, an unaffiliated, scruffy lot of young people changed the American dialogue to what you might call the human cliff’s edge for so many Americans pushed being over the side by debilitating inequality.
I have little faith that Obama and his West Wing insiders can alter the campaign’s debt-debate framing, at least not alone, in Washington’s atmosphere of parsing polls, messaging and chronic strategizing. But he could gain ground with the huge boomer generation–and young adults, again, too.
Key to motivating both older and younger boomers would be the combination of a well-documented scare using Ryan’s own words, and presenting a genuine alternative that returns to traditional Democratic protection of every family’s future, beginning with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as in, “There but for fortune go any of us.”
Obama’s practice of lowering expectations, though, suggest he will continue to muddle around the angles that have made the center-to-left side of America almost universally describe his performance as “disappointing.” Right now the media refrain is that most voters are settled on their choices, and the Dems and GOP shouldn’t be faulted for catering, once again, to Joe and Jane Sixpack in the swing-state burbs and ex-urbs.
Can Obama re-energized his base against the Rom-Ryan choice? Can he get real about life security and fairness for all? Yeah, sure, “Jobs, jobs, jobs.” But what about some genuine words and firm plans to rekindle—dare I say it—“Hope.” That won’t be ease, but he can’t reach voters mired in more questionable budgetary minutia. If Obama wants a second term, he needs to reach but where they live, and fighting to strengthen, not bargain away Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid would be a good place to start.
Though none of the candidates the MCJ endorsed last week won their respective races Tuesday, we nonetheless congratulate Nikiya Harris, Sandy Pasch, Mandela Barnes, Frederick Kessler, LaTonya Johnson and Evan Goyke for their victories in State Senate and Assembly district races.
Their victories were earned walking through our neighborhoods and talking to people face-to-face, listening to their concerns, frustrations, hopes and ideas to improve the quality of life for residents in the districts the candidates wanted to represent; as well as attending and answering the tough questions at a number of town hall meetings and political forums.
We feel the candidates who won will demonstrate the type of commitment to our community we expect and will aggressively tackle the myriad of problems we face in the areas of joblessness, education, crime, foreclosure and transportation, to name a few.
We also congratulate those of you who voted Tuesday for the candidate of your choice.
We hope you took someone else to the polls or told someone days before the election of its importance and whether or not they are registered and encouraged them to get registered and vote.
Those who did not vote and are reading this editorial still have time to effect change in November.
You should register to vote immediately and encourage others you know to do the same!
Our community and Black America cannot afford the apathy and low turnout we had on August 14 and November of 2010.
Former legislator urges community support Black candidates during August 14 election
by Thomas E. Mitchell, Jr.
There are three important things retired state legislator Annette Polly Williams wants you to know.
First, there is actually an election (yes, another, believe it or not) on August 14 for several predominately Black state Assembly and Senate district seats.
Second, in several Black districts, particularly the 10th Assembly district, established White political figures such as legislator Sandy Pasch (who represents the 22 Assembly district) and incumbent Rep. Fred Kessler (12th Assembly district), are doing the unthinkable: Seeking office in Black district’s that have been redrawn to include more White voters.
(Editor’s Note: Every 10 years following the national census, district maps at every government level in every state are redrawn to accommodate population shifts and what are called “Communities of Interest”: communities that have shared values, ethnicity and political commonalities.)
Which leads to the third piece of information Williams wants you to know: The White candidates running in the predominately Black and redrawn districts stand a good chance of winning if Black voters don’t show up at the polls en’masse in four weeks (August 14) and support a Black candidate who will earnestly represent and advocate for them.
The August 14 election is a partisan primary. The winners in the primary election will go on to the November general election. Even candidates like incumbent 11th Assembly District Rep. Jason Fields, who has one Democratic challenger, Mandela Barnes.
Should Fields win, his name will still be on the November Ballot, even if there is no Republican challenger.
Incumbents State Sen. Lena Taylor (Senate District 4) and Rep. Leon Young (Assembly District 16) have no challengers, making their reelections a proverbial “cake walk.”
But Williams, who though retired is still very politically active, fears the 10th could be lost to Pasch, a White Assemblyperson who represented Whitefish Bay before redistricting. She challenged and lost to incumbent Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling in the 2011 recall election.
Redistricting has pushed Pasch out of her district “comfort zone” to more outlying areas—outside Milwaukee County.
“Over 70% Black district lost to a White suburban woman?” Williams asked rhetorically during an interview in which she sounded the clarion call to the community—especially to her former constituents in the 10th district—to rise up collectively and “vote Black.”
Williams’ fears could come to fruition. Also running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Elizabeth Coggs—who’s running for the state Senate Sixth District seat once held by her cousin, Spencer Coggs (who is now Milwaukee City Treasurer)—are three Black candidates: Millie Coby, Harriet Callier and Ieshuh Griffin.
“The three Black candidates will split the vote, giving the race to Pasch,” said Williams, who predicts at least the loss of one Black seat in the State Legislature.
Two Black legislators—Tamara Grigsby (18th Assembly District) and Barbara Toles (17th Assembly District)—are retiring, leaving their seats wide open in respective races that have multiple contenders.
For Grigsby’s seat alone there are eight candidates–White and Black—vying for the seat.
Williams, who is endorsing Coby and is working hard on her behalf to get the vote out for her, said even if it is only a primary, the winner on August 14 will be the hands-down favorite to win in the November general election.
“Blacks (in the 10th district) must vote, especially for Millie,” Williams stressed, suggesting the other two Black candidates are not putting forth the type of effort necessary to win an election.
Williams thinks Pasch believes it would be easier to move into and run in the restructured 10th district than try to get back her old suburban seat which is being contested by two White male Republican candidates.
“She can’t win in her own district,” Williams said. “Her constituents in Whitefish Bay rejected her (in the Senate recall election).”
Williams said the 10th District was formed to be a “super Black district” in 1972 after the 1970 Census district redrawing. The district was part of the first state Senate district represented at the time by Monroe Swan. The district was the “Blackest” of the 99 Assembly districts in the state according to Williams.
“It was the one district that was a voice for Black people,” Williams boasted. “It’s a district where a representative could take a stand on an issue on behalf of his or her constituents without fear of retaliation from White voters.
“I had a strong base of Black support,” Williams said recalling her days in the legislature. “I stood up and fought for my constituents and I never apologized for being Black. Millie is as close to me there is in taking a stand on an issue without fearing retaliation.”
Despite redistricting, the 10th is still predominately Black (74%) and still the most Black legislative district in the state.
Williams said young elected officials today have no knowledge of the history behind the struggle she and other early Black lawmakers went through to attain, represent and keep their seats in the face of racism.
The former lawmaker believes there are non-Black forces from outside the community who are buying off Black people, especially the current and new generation of Black lawmakers who are being demonized by the mainstream media and many Black residents who see them as “do nothing politicians.”
“I don’t like what’s happening,” lamented Williams. “We have to fight to keep control of the seats we have. We have to let people know the 10th district Assembly seat is in jeopardy.”