I found the race between Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield and Attorney Mark Bibbs to be somewhat comical however I am serious as hell about who wins, although I live in the House 23 district.
In October 2012 I was added to the Facebook page
"North Carolina for Mark Bibbs for NC House" to "North Carolina for Mark Bibbs." During that time Bibbs’ page didn’t actually say he was running for what house seat, but it would make one think he was running for the NC House District 8 seat. He lost to Republican Susan Martin.
I received an invite via this same Facebook page in December 2013 stating “Mark L Bibbs is going to run for office and is having a fundraiser at Ward’s Steak and Cheese just across the tracks at 307 Herring Avenue this Wednesday, December 18, starting at 5:30pm.” I had no idea he was challenging Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield who is also a friend on Bibbs’ facebook page.
Recently I have been reading and hearing about the ads where Bibbs and some supporters are challenging some comments that Farmer-Butterfield has made such as she said she had served as the House Majority Whip for 6 years but it was actually 4. She apologized and said she made a mistake. But it is said that Farmer-Butterfield just will not tell the truth, but for me the Bibbs’ facebook page is misleading.
Another challenge was that Farmer-Butterfield said she has had 5 challengers over the years and my friend over in Wilson said it didn’t add up but then said Bibbs made the 5th one. I asked them to explain that but they have not answered my question and actually went off on me.
Although I didn’t live in the district, I remember when Jean Farmer-Butterfield was elected to the NC House in 2002. She ran and successfully beat out the appointed Shelly Willingham. Willingham was appointed to the NC House when he played a role because he was one of 6 on the committee that met in Wilson and voted him in to fill the unexpired term of Toby Fitch who moved on to become Judge. I was serving as the interim County Chair in 1999 – 2000 and I went to Wilson and challenged Willingham to step down from voting to appoint himself.
In 2002 Farmer-Butterfield Rocky Mount campaign team asked me to come to their meeting. They knew that I was active in politics and just because I didn’t live in the district I knew folks that could vote for her. I attended a meeting and I decided I would continue to attend their meetings. The team was awesome.
It appears that Farmer-Butterfield has been serving her district well however Rocky Mount is no longer in her district so I have not kept up with her as much over the past several years because of the redistricting. I have followed her voting record over the years through the NAACP Report Card.
I do know that Farmer-Butterfield has her hands full serving her district, working and having to help with her elderly parents. It makes no sense she has to deal with ignant conversations. I hate that Bibbs, a brother going through all of these extremes to attempt to remove this female from office.
I don’t know Bibbs on a personal note but I have spoken to him on a local white radio station that he used to be on about every week for quite some time. I haven’t heard from him since he has filed to challenge Farmer-Butterfield however he is very familiar with my blog and says he read it regularly.
I do know that I have read in the Wilson Times about some issues Bibbs had when he ran against Susan Martin Republican in 2012 as it relates to DWI and most recently with his residency. My question is is it worth all of this?
Now I am not pointing fingers at Bibbs about the DWI thingy because that was sometime ago however that is going to follow him until . . . But what I do have a problem with is that with Bibbs being an attorney that he would have covered all grounds as it relates to his residency. His moving and leaving his family to live at his previous residency is not really a matter of question from a personal standpoint but it is as it relates to politics. The residency question now takes a new turn because the place of residency has failed inspection and he can’t live there.
Anyone who thinks that Rep. Farmer-Butterfield and her supporters should not be concerned about any and everything that relates to being challenged by Bibbs either don’t understand or don’t care because in order to win one must use all avenues to expose anything that is not the norm. Hell if she and her campaign is not going to fight to keep her seat then what is the purpose of seeking re-election. That would make no damn sense.
I hope everyone do their own homework by looking at what everyone is saying the candidate, the incumbent and their supporters. Don’t just take my word. I tell folks all the time check out what I say because I check out what others say.
I can not vote for Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield but I support and encourage others that can to vote for her. She is the best candidate to choose from so don’t waste your vote.
Vote May 6.