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ROBINSON AND DAVIS VIE FOR BLACK DEMOCRATIC VOTE

Democrat Gladys Robinson and independent Bruce Davis submitted to questions from a predominantly African-American group during a public interview hosted by the Guilford County Community PAC at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro on Monday. The two are vying for the District 28 seat in the NC Senate, which encompasses east Greensboro and most of High Point. A third candidate, Republican Trudy Wade, was not present.

PAC treasurer Millicent N. Lee raised a question about whether the competition between Robinson and Davis might allow Wade to win the election. Both Robinson and Davis are black, and while Davis will be listed as an independent on the ballot, he is a registered Democrat who currently serves as such on the Guilford County Commission. The Democratic Party enjoys an advantage in voter registration in District 28, but has less margin of safety this year considering that Republicans are going into this election energized and mobilized.

“There’s talk that Bruce Davis and Gladys Robinson will split the community vote, and Trudy Wade will ease on in the door,” Davis said. “One thing about me, I study numbers. Personally, I don’t think – I could be wrong, I’ve been wrong once or twice – but the numbers do not support Trudy Wade. The race will be split…. To say that our community is split, first of all it was split because of the deception that was created. It will split no doubt, but I plan to be the victor when it splits. Trudy Wade – the numbers don’t support her.”

Davis has said he would have filed to run had he known that the seat’s current occupant, Katie Dorsett, would stand down. Dorsett upset many Democrats when she first filed for the seat, and then withdrew at the last minute, after which her friend, Robinson, filed.

Both candidates emphasized their humble backgrounds. Bruce Davis told the audience about his military service in the Marine Corps.

Gladys Robinson highlighted her experience as a student activist at Bennett College attempting to improve conditions for sanitation and cafeteria workers.

“We knew that something was wrong,” Robinson said. “Most of them were us.”

Robinson pitched her experience with health care and education.

“It’s important for you to know that, no, I’m not an elected official, so if you count that as experience, I don’t have it,” she said. “But if you count as experience being an advocate in this community for almost 40 years and working alongside you, learning as I was a student at Bennett College and getting out in the community and working with people and their needs, ever since then working for the most vulnerable populations. I haven’t worked with the big businesses. I have worked with the people who needed jobs. I’ve worked with the people who are sick. I’ve worked with people who needed education. And I’ve advocated and helped teach people how to advocate because that’s what we need to do. So if you’re looking for background and experience as a community advocate, then I’m your person.”

• Detective Scott Sanders in the special intelligence section allegedly gathered photographs for the purpose of “framing, embarrassing and wrongfully charging black officers with crimes, offenses and violations of law and policies.”

• The photographs were assembled in lineups and “shown to persons alleged to have committed crimes and were shown in such a manner that suggested that plaintiff was involved with criminal activity.”

• Hinson was transferred to a new command assignment in which he was required to complete a detailed monthly schedule, which was in turn forwarded to Sanders.

• Sanders allegedly installed a key catcher that allowed him to monitor Hinson’s computer activity.

• Wray allegedly hired a retired police employee, Randy Gerringer, to place a tracking device on Hinson’s police vehicle.

• Hinson “received a phone call from a local stripper in an effort by Scott Sanders to entrap” him.

• And Wray allegedly “broadcast to the media false information about the tracking device and other alleged activity which defendant Wray knew to be false.”

The lawsuit also notes that Hinson wasinvestigated by special intelligence, while whiteofficers suspected of wrongdoing were investigatedby the criminal investigations division orthe internal affairs division.The special intelligence unit was disbandedshortly after Wray’s resignation. Sanders andanother special intelligence officer, Tom Fox,were reinstated last year by then Chief TimBellamy after being acquitted of criminalcharges.Interim City Attorney Becky Jo Peterson-Buie said the city does not typically commenton pending litigation.
Museum event focuses on equalrights for gays The Human Rights Campaign NC andEquality North Carolina will hold an informationalevent at the International CivilRights Center and Museum in Greensboro onThursday at 7 p.m. about legal discriminationfaced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenderedresidents of North Carolina. Topics ofdiscussion, according to a press release, includethe effects of federal and state legislation relatedto employment and student discriminationand action individuals can take to help secureequal rights for all citizens.The program is billed as the first event heldat the museum that focuses specifically on gayissues.

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