Over the years I have been actively engaged in politics working to expose and to get my candidate/s elected. I have enjoyed Edgecombe County Politics and if I was to just let politics go, I know I have done more than
I am going to use the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office for example.
In 1995 I was the 1st Vice Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party and Rev. Roosevelt Higgs called a meeting at North End Baptist Church about the replacement of Sheriff Phil Ellis. Higgs called the meeting trying to get the white guy next in line to Ellis appointed. Dorothy Joyner a former Edgecombe County Democratic Party former chair said I am here to get Detective James Knight appointed. We removed Higgs as the convener of the meeting and we elected Roy Gray as the Convener. I worked hard to get Knight appointed. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party went on to appoint James Knight in 1996 and he was 1st elected in 1998. In 1998 was the interim Chair of the part.
I am happy that the Democrats of Edgecombe County appointed and then voted Knight in. But not only did the Democratic Party support him but much support came from the Republican Party. So when folk say why can’t we work across party lines, well we do when it comes to certain offices.
In February 1997 Sheriff James Knight announced his retirement and former State Patrol Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr. decided he wanted to be appointed to be the next Sheriff of Edgecombe County. When I heard he wanted it and then he approached me, I said I wanted to see where the guy that was next in line to Knight was going to do. After speaking to a couple of folk I was told he was not going to seek the appointment. And then shortly after the guy next in line called me and we met. I told him I had heard that he was not going to seek the appointment but he said he had decided to seek the appointment. I had heard that Rev. Roosevelt Higgs had told him he should seek the appointment. Again here we go Higgs in the mix. Higgs did all he could trying to sabotage appointment process since he was the chair of the party at that time.
Once I met with 2 of the candidates and not hearing from the others, I decided Atkinson was my choice. I had T-shirts made Atkinson for Sheriff some white and some blue and people asked me how they could get one. I ended up giving away many of the shirts and probably sold less than 5. I had me one for every day of the week. I was serious about getting my candidate appointed.
In March 2017 the Edgecombe County Democratic Party met and Clee Atkinson was appointed overwhelmingly. Since he has been appointed he has been doing some great things.
A couple of weeks ago this month November 2018 I am proud to call Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson my Sheriff. He continues to do great things and not only did he have the support of Democrats but also much support from Republicans.
Although I don’t have a Political Pac that come out during election time, I sacrifice my time and resources in support of my candidate/s all year long. I expose and promote my candidate/s so that the citizens can see what they are doing.
So do you support and promote your candidate/s or are you just playing politics during election time?
Now that the election is over back to business as usual.
Oh and by the way as I have stated over and over again if you are running for an office in Edgecombe County you need to talk to me. The DCN News Blog Online TV ain’t no joke.