It is sad there has never been a black District Attorney (D.A.) east of HWY 95.
The one thing that I have found consistent is that many times a white elected official will resign their post so that an appointment can be made. White elected officials understand that it is somewhat hard to unseat an incumbent whether that person is elected or appointed.
Look at certain elected offices and see how these officials resigned within one to one and an half years before their term ended. It is my strong belief that they have someone in mind and they tries to give that person the opportunity to get into the seat so that when the election time arrives this person can say they were already doing the job.
I can remember when the D.A. resigned some years ago and D.A. Howard Boney Jr. was appointed. Been there every since. It appears that the legacy still stands. I have been told that one of the candidates Joe Ivey had been campaigning for the job over 2 weeks before the official announcement was by Boney. I was told that Boney told Ivey before he told anyone and Ivey took it and ran with it. I don’t see anything wrong with Boney telling him aobut his plans however the problem I have is that as I read comments in the local newspapers, racist white folks talking about qualifications and fairness. Talking about fairness and the lack of integrity, how can Ivey who wants to be the next D.A. have the audacity to begin his campaign before Boney’s official announcement. So can I trust Ivey as the D.A. to hold things? Oh well.
I am familiar with other resignations in the Edgecombe County Sheriff and Register of Deed offices. The Clerk of Court election in the 90’s was racism at it’s best.
The Sheriff for many many years resigned and a white guy who worked close to him thought he should get the appointment and when he didn’t he literally got mad and retired. This is when we appointed a deputy as our 1st black Sheriff and he has been elected by a landslide since the 90’s.
The Clerk of Court Election in the 90’s a black female announced she was going to run and she was fired from working in the clerk’s office. She ran and beat him. The whites started an organization called Edgecombe First and they unseated her the next 4 years but we were able to get our first black clerk back in office and she has been there every since.
The Register of Deeds resigned and that was designed so that a white female could replace the white female that was retiring. The black candidates who wanted to be appointed lost however there were 2 black males who were candidates. If it had only been one black it is a possibility that we would have our first black register of deeds.
If Republican Charles Robinson had been a Democrat when he challenged Boney in the late 90’s it is a possibility that he would have defeated him. I remember this election quite well because I was the interim Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair and several folks within the party told me they were going to support Robinson.
So who has really been running the D.A. office for the past 12 years? Did Boney just go along with any and everything? What kind of changes did he make during his tenure?
So now racist white folks and safe Negroes want to talk about qualifications. It is so funny to me because this goes to show that these folks do not understand politics.
The last time I checked the only qualifications to be a D.A. is one must be a citizen, not a convicted felon and one must be an attorney.
One last thing, so has there ever been a qualified black man or woman since the world began?
Note 1: The folks at NC State University chose another womens coach over the one that Coach Yow had requested.
Note 2: I use the word Black and not African American because I am not there yet.
Edgecombe County – District Attorney Appointment At A Glance