I have not been an active participant in politics in recent elections, but I have remained concerned. Every election I hear the phrase “are they qualified” particularly if the candidate is Black. There was a period of time in history that a large number of Black persons were not able to finish high school much less attend college. However greater numbers of Black persons now not only attend college but also graduate. Over the years in numerous political campaigns I have been constantly reminded of the saying, “the more things change the more they remain the same.”

There are two perfect examples of Black candidates who have the overwhelming positive qualifications needed to stabilize our communities and they are almost ignored. We overwhelmingly fail to recognize the importance of supporting and electing local individuals and particularly Black candidates. In the Mon Valley a courageous, competent, committed Black female is seeking the legislative seat, which is occupied by a person who is indicted and will go on trial in December 2016. The candidate’s name is Fawn Walker-Montgomery and I will, in conjunction with several others, be in the Mon Valley Election Day to work in her behalf.

Fawn Walker-Montgomery is the first Black person in history to run for the legislative position and we have the opportunity to make history. The other person we intend to work for their election is a competent, courageous, committed Black man, Lenny McAllister, candidate for congress in the 14th congressional district.

The two candidates are what are referred to as persons who have prepared themselves. They both are history makers. They are perfect examples of voting for the persons you see in the mirror, yourself.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a contributor to the New Pittsburgh Courier.)



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