Edgecombe County – Senate District 3 Race Erica Smith-Ingram Defeats Senator Clark Jenkins On May 6, 2014 But Why I Ain’t Excited

Senator Elect Erica Smith-Ingram defeated Senator Clark Jenkins but I ain’t excited. The reason why I ain’t excited is because the Senate District 3 was created for a minority (black) several years ago.

The first year the seat was open I supported Patricia Ferguson from Bertie County. She was fiery county commissioner and on numerous board across the state. When we had our Edgecombe County District Conventions I said if something ever came up and I could vote for her, she had my vote. So when she announced she was running for the newly created Senate District 3 seat I was onboard. The sad part was though, I knew the district was going to be redrawn again after the first 2 year term so she would not be in my district. But I felt that if we elected her that it would be somewhat easy to replace her with another black candidate.

Well I teamed up with Pat Ferguson and was working Edgecombe County with her. Shelly Willingham filed along with Clark Jenkins. But the power players here supported Jenkins over the fine female who would have set the stage for the district. We set up appointments to meet the power players and they took the money and supported Jenkins.

During that election year I turned on Ferguson to the local radio station for advertisement. When the owner seen that I was very political and knew politicians not only locally but across the state, he asked me to come by the station and share politics with the listeners. Well that eventually lead to me pay to have a show on this station for 1 hour but went for 2 hours every Wednesdays because it was a very power show. During that time several young folks came down to the station and I taught them about politics. They also supported Jenkins. Well these guys were young so over the years I stopped holding that against them. But the older folks, damn I found out what I was working with that they could be bought and sold for some damn crumbs.

After Jenkins 2nd term I couldn’t take anymore of these Democratic Black Folks whom called themselves leaders. I changed my voter registration to Unaffiliated but after about a year I switched back. I switched back because the Democrats were running the county and I couldn’t go to their meetings and challenge them.

Several years later Willingham ran against Senator Jenkins and he could have beat him but I say that when he teamed up with a couple of folks from Pitt County, they threw his race. We could have beat Jenkins that year.

A couple of years ago some of my closest friends would not support Frankie Bordeaux when he ran against Jenkins. I said this was the time to take the seat. But nope they wouldn’t listen to me and inspite of the other person being in the race, Bordeaux almost won.

Now the most recent election a couple of days ago. I had seen the name and heard of it since around January before the filing period began in February. I was called and a person told asked me if he could give a person from North Hampton County but I never heard from her. And then on the night I was headed to Joe W. Dickens Jr. wake the end of March I received a call from someone asking me would I be willing to talk to her and I said yes. Then I got another call in the last hour late in April and by this time I said nope ain’t willing to talk to her because it is just too late for Edgecombe because I didn’t know anything about her.

I heard her at the Edgecombe County Human Relations Candidates Forum and the Edgecombe Democratic Party County Convention and both times I thought she was good.

I received a call several days ago and she told me that she was disappointed that I didn’t endorse her. I told her why I could not support her and that I would not do anything to hurt her.

Well the reason why I ain’t excited about Smith-Ingram defeating Senator Jenkins is because the people of Edgecombe County some of the same ones who say they are excited about unseating Jenkins are some of the same ones who have worked on his campaign (getting paid) over the years. I have not gotten paid to work on anybody’s campaign. Well I have been fighting to get a black person in the seat since the district was drawn. I knew that the people of Edgecombe County were going to support Jenkins and he won Edgecombe County just like I knew he would.

I don’t know anything about Erica Smith-Ingram so what was I going to tell the people? I did tell people she sounded good, that she looked good and she was a minister. I said she make a brother want to vote for her 2 or 3 times just because of how she looks and sound. (LOL) I told her that I wish she had gotten with me a couple of months ago and shared with me her campaign strategy for Edgecombe County. I said I wish her good look and that I would not do anything to hurt her. I said I hope we can meet after the election after she win or lose because I would love to learn more about her.

Although I am glad to see a black person finally in the seat 11 years later, I am not excited. Hell most folks don’t even know the history of the seat so for me the thrill is gone. But I can hear Pharrell Williams singing.

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Video/Photos: Edgecombe County Democratic Party Convention Speaker Senator Clark Jenkins Saturday April 12, 2014

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In Response To Bank Foreclosure Sale Of Senator Clark Jenkins’ Property Postponed

First of all who gave John T. Walker editor of the Daily Southerner the authority to write this article because I know some folks are pissed with him? I am quite sure he will receive some very strong and harsh responses from writing this article. However if it was me or somebody that looks like me I bet they would say otherwise. Remember when Frankie Bordeaux ran against Jenkins during Jenkins last election? Bordeaux had some money issues with his business and Jenkins toasted him.

You see it is articles like this when you see where folks stand. The very folks who talk about Black folks on welfare and all the other negatives they say they are paying for through tax dollars. But when these articles arise these very folks are quiet as hell and/or quick to come to the defense of said party. It is articles like this that point out the double standards when it comes to Black and white.

First of all I question why was the foreclosure sale was postponed? Maybe it was the weather. But seriously why was it postponed because that was left out of the article?

I question why was the home included? Make wonder if the couple are together or are they separating, getting a divorce or what?

So was it postponed because he is white?

So was it postponed because he is a Senator?

I found it quite interesting that during the campaign season my Senator basically put up his own money to run to keep his office during election time. I don’t think that the Senator’s position is worth no more than around $25,000 a year so was it worth it to spend hundreds of thousands of his own money during election time?

Well I guess some things about this article and my concerns will go unanswered because ain’t nobody going to talk about this because it is not a welfare article and they don’t look like me.

I do want to leave this with you. This is a good article because this is not just an average person but a person who is in politics. No if that was certain folks it would not be in the paper however we should hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. When a person become a public official that means they become public.

So for those of you who support double standards, you need to take articles like this and learn from them. How many Black folks, folks on welfare that have acquired anywhere close to all of the property that my Senator has? How many Black folks and folks on welfare have abused as much money that my Senator has been able to obtain over the years?

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Senator Clark Jenkins: Bank foreclosure sale of Jenkins’ property postponed – Daily Southerner

Senator Clark Jenkins: Bank foreclosure sale of Jenkins’ property postponed – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The foreclosure sale by PNC Bank of property belonging to State Sen. Clark Jenkins and his wife, Mary, was postponed from noon Wednesday until noon on April 24.

Jenkins, who is serving his sixth term in the senate, represents Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrell and Washington counties. He is a member of six standing or select committees, including Finance and Commerce. (More)

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In Response To Bank Foreclosure Sale Of Senator Clark Jenkins’ Property Postponed

Senator Clark Jenkins: Bank foreclosure sale of Jenkins’ property postponed – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The foreclosure sale by PNC Bank of property belonging to State Sen. Clark Jenkins and his wife, Mary, was postponed from noon Wednesday until noon on April 24.

Jenkins, who is serving his sixth term in the senate, represents Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Hertford, Martin, Northampton, Tyrell and Washington counties. He is a member of six standing or select committees, including Finance and Commerce. (More)

Sen Jenkins: ‘The idea of Eugenics is horrible’ – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Sen. Clark Jenkins (D-Edgecombe) is disappointed a bill they co-sponsored which would provide compensation to victims who were forced to be sterilized, failed in the Senate and was not included in the state budget. Rep. Joe Tolson (D-Edgecombe) also sponsored the bill. It passed in the House. (More)

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Senator Clark Jenkins District 3? For Those Who Say He Has Not Done Anything For Black Folks Who Am I To Believe? So How Do You Respond?

I will repeat myself again and again ever how many times I need to. When the District 3 was first created I supported Patricia Ferguson a black female out of Bertie County and I knew that she would probably be drawn out of the district within the following 2 years. I supported her because I felt if a black person was elected it may would be easy for another black person to replace her. Some of these same folks today not only in Edgecombe County but across the district are still playing games but they did not support Ferguson then but now they say Senator Clark Jenkins ain’t doing anything for black folks. He has been in the seat how long?

After trying to unseat Senator Jenkins several years ago when I supported Shelly Willingham and he didn’t do what we asked him to do during his campaign, that was it for me. Hell I didn’t even care that much for Willingham but was willing to try to get a black person in the seat and if Willingham had won and didn’t live up to his expectations, then I would have supported someone else after his 2 years in office. Now I will not support a black person who do not have a political machine because it will take a political machine to unseat Senator Jenkins.

But after all of these years one must use some common sense. Once you learn what is really going on then one should do differently. I have come to the conclusion that Senator Jenkins will be my Senator until he decides he will not run again.

I get tickled as hell when folks who say Senator Jenkins has not done anything for black folks. I ask them what do they mean and they can’t answer me. I ask them what have they asked him to do for them. They say nothing. I say oh well.

Now what I hear from folks and an editor of a black newspaper recently printed is that some white elected officials don’t come to a black sponsored forum. Well damn what these folks don’t understand is why do they have to come when the sponsors are supporting them anyway. Why do they want them to show up to their banquets, hell banquets are about fundraisers so if they send the money that is all that matters. Hell many black elected officials don’t show up and don’t send any money either.

Okay so now who am I to believe when they say that Senator Clark Jenkins has not done anything for black folks? Senator Jenkins has scored an “A” on the NAACP’s Legislative Report Card 2009 and 2011. Every household in his district receives a mailing stating this fact and in the mailing Representative Alma Adams Chairperson of the NC Black Legislative Caucus Foundation is quoted how he consistently fight to protect the State’s most underprivileged citizens.

So for those who say Senator Jenkins have not done anything for black folks show me your report card that you have done on him?

I am a life fully paid member of the NAACP, I live in the district and most of all I am actively engaged so I know for myself what is really going on.

Oh well like Senator Jenkins or not the report says he is doing something for black folks because I know they are underprivileged citizens.

The same could be said about Joe Pat Tolson House District 23. Tolson also received an “A” on the NAACP Report Card.

I ain’t telling you who to vote for, I am telling you who I am voting for and why.

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