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Letter to the Editor: Candidate's race should not be a factor in voting

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

There are a lot of important issues for all of us to think about and talk about during municipal elections.

Two things that are not important are the color of a voter’s skin and the color of the candidate’s skin. It is perfectly acceptable for a white voter to vote for a white candidate or for a white voter to vote for a black candidate. It is perfectly acceptable for a black voter to vote for a black candidate or for a black voter to vote for a white candidate. To suggest that a black voter would vote for a white candidate for any other reason than the voter’s thoughtful evaluation of the positions and ideas of the candidate is an insult to the intelligence of that black voter.

I plan to vote for my good friend Kevin Jones for mayor and I’d invite people to join me in doing so. However, whoever you vote for I would ask you to do so based on ideas and with absolutely no consideration for the color of your skin or the color of the candidate’s skin.

William R. Solomon Jr.

Rocky Mount

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