Dear Editor:

Mr. Kendrick, or Hop as I’ve always called you out of respect and long family and community ties, I wanted to write this brief missive in response to your forum page editorial, “Our last all-White political slate.” Although I agree 100 percent with most of what you have stated in your writings, I must point out one minor correction.

As to your point that there were only two African-American (or Black) candidates that ran for the Pennsylvania state senate (from Western Pennsylvania), Attorney Cliff Cooper and Leon W. Howard, an insurance broker. I must point out that there was a third, myself, Warner Nelson Macklin III. I ran for the old 38th state senate district, over eight or nine years ago. The seat was being vacated by retiring (long-time) State Senator Leonard Bodack. The others in the race were current state senator, and former city councilman, Jim Ferlo and former city councilman and Allegheny County Democratic Party Executive Director, Leonard Bodack Jr. I was in my twenties at the time.

Although in the end, my name did not make it onto the voting ballot because “friends” and supporters of the current state senator (described to me at the time) took my efforts to Commonwealth Court. This action was their absolute right to do so. And I defend the process. After a four day election trial, one of the longest from my understanding, covered everyday by KQV, the Commonwealth Court finally removed my name from the ballot for falling 7 names short of the 500 needed to continue on the ballot. A true disappointment. This action took place after the Court, via my opposition’s lawyer and our agreement, decided to strike over 400 plus names on my petition papers because of various reasons. My supporters and I walked door to door, stood in front of grocery stores, gas stations and churches to collect the 900 signatures we gathered. We should have collected another 100 more!

Warner Nelson Macklin III, JD
Private Citizen

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