I find the comments by Mark Edwards chairman of the Nash County Republican Party to be no different of what he claim about Andre Knights comments. However it is a fact there is an illegal ballot but where is the proof about Knight not adhering to standards such as truth and integrity?
Mark Edwards, chairman of the Nash County Republican Party, took exception to that statement.
“If any normal politician made such a remark about the Republican Party, I would ask him to provide some evidence of his accusations. But since this is Andre Knight, I won’t even do that since everyone already knows he does not adhere to standards such as truth and integrity,” Edwards said on Monday. “My problem with Knight’s statements published by the Telegram is that his accusations are false, slanderous and racist. Andre Knight governs by smear and innuendo and so it is no surprise whatsoever he campaigns by smear and innuendo.”
So Mark can you provide proof to what you accuse Andre Knight?
It is a fact that there has been a Republican movement to attempt to unseat Andre Knight from the council since 2003 but actually before he was sworn in. It is a fact that it appears that these Republicans working along with 3 Democrats in particular have partnered to attempt to unseat Knight and Richard Joyner during this election.
I understand Mark you want some proof of what is being speculative however with the attack on the Knight, Joyner, Reuben Blackwell and other Black leadership, it appears that the known Republicans are linked to the ballot until otherwise denounced and asked that those who are responsible to stop it. I would think that is the outcome that Knight and those who are about voter integrity were looking for.
I believe that going to the polls and watching who are giving out what information will somewhat confirm who are behind the ballot that is in question.
Sometimes when bringing up a concern with being able to provide proof or not, something good may come out in the wash. Now the following is something that has me questioning how a man of such a status can say he is knows who is behind the ballot. This is scary because this guys knows of an illegal activity and is choosing not to tell who is behind it.
Nash County board Chairman Robbie Davis said he knows who is behind the ballot, but he is not telling. The person who produced the sample ballots brought copies to his office without Davis asking for them or knowing anything about them in advance and that is the only reason he knows that person’s identity, he said.
“The person who brought the ballots to my office is someone I know, but the person is not a candidate, is not a Republican and is in no way connected to the Republican party. I just don’t feel it is my place to identify them.” Davis said. “The ballots stayed in my drawer. I did not distribute them, but I know a lot of them have been distributed.”
Wow! So This is validation that it is a fact that the ballot in question does exist. But what I can’t get beyond is why would the person responsible bring them to his office. I could understand that Robbie may not have known that the ballot was illegal but now that he knows, then why is he not exposing who the responsible party is. How can he be trusted as chair of the Nash County Commissioners. Will he withhold criminal activity that may take place on the commission and any other boards that he may be a member?
This election and all municipal elections are non-partisan however that has nothing to do with the candidates being registered Democrats and Republicans. So I can’t get beyond that the election suppose to be non-partisan. But that has nothing to do with nothing. How many of the candidates are registered Unaffiliated? None! So the election is a non-partisan race the same as school board members however school board races are done doing regular elections..
It is unfortunate that it has been a Republican lead movement to unseat Andre Knight, Reuben Blackwell since 2003 and now in 2019 Richard Joyner has been added to the list since he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Lamont Wiggins who became Superior Court Judge.
It was rumored in the Black community that a Republican ballot was coming out and several sources contacted me. I said I had an idea of how it was going to go down and it appears that I am correct with what I have read in this article. After reading the article I called the sources and said I told you that I felt that it was going to go down like that.
Thank you Robbie Davis because I have heard that you and a certain person talk daily and that you both keep each other informed about what is going on on each side. However I know how that other person operates so I wouldn’t be scared to bet that some money is involved in this whole scheme but I can’t prove it now. But I am going to follow the money and also keep my ears to the street to see what the Street Team does next.
See original article in the Rocky Mount Telegram: “Nash GOP denies ballot allegations”
If I am Sandy Claus – Does that make Andre Knight the Grinch?
Hell no it does not make Andre the Grinch because Andre has served the community well. It is unfortunate that some Black Folk have been listening to the Special Cs whom have been trying to discredit him over the years.
Earlier this week City Councilman Andre Knight lobbed a verbal tirade about my campaign calling me Sandy Claus…
It is a fact that during the Moe Deloatch Basketball thingy during the Juneteenth that was sponsored by the city you bought Moe some T-Shirts for the children. You had Sandy Roberson for Mayor on the Sleeves. When I asked Moe about it he got offensive and said that it ain’t going to matter because them Black Folk can’t read talking about the parents of the children. I said really! Sandy Claus came in June!
Shortly after that it was something held at Baskerville School where you were Sandy again when you gave a way school supplies and cooked hot dogs. Sandy Clause delivered.
Sandy Claus did some other things leading up to the early voting.
Sandy Claus delivered in August with book bags for students and bags for the teachers.
Sandy Claus has had some poor folk on the grounds passing out campaign literature and getting paid from what some of the workers say.
well that begs the question – what has his leadership brought to our city. Let’s look:
According to the NC Department of Public Instruction – 50% of our public schools are receiving failing grades
This is too ignant! What does Andre Knight have to do with the school system? This is a Nash County Commissioner job to fund the school system not the City Council. Andre, myself and others have been actively engaged in some school issues over the years and we tried to keep OR Pope School opened but they said it was not suitable for students. Well this week it was reported that a Charter School was looking at being housed there. Where were you? Where were you when the White Girls featured in the Cone Heads attire when we went to the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School Board about that and numerous issues over the years.
We have a failure to curb violent crime, drug related shootings and gang activity
Damn I just love it you have campaigned on working with the Rocky Mount Chief of Police so you are going after the Chief because Andre is not the Chief of Police and has not a damn thing to do with the committing of crime and the enforcement of the law. You say violet crime drug related shootings and gang activity. So how do you know it is drug related shooting and gang activity? I didn’t get that Memo. Oh but Fighting Crime probably got that bit of information.
When comparing our home values in Rocky Mount to other cities nearby we see our home values are declining.
Damn what has Andre got to do with home values declining? But I would think that the housing values are going up with the influx of jobs coming to town and they are not being delivered by Sandy Claus.
earning potential with wages and salaries is lower than the state average.
When in the hell did Andre Knight and the Rocky Mount City Council become responsible for wages and salaries?
The city’s economic development team was dismantled losing us the prestigious National Main Street certification and development throughout downtown has stalled.
Wow! So Bronson Williams this is what Lige Daughtridge was talking about when we were leaving the City Council meeting last week when he said funny how Andre Knight was talking about the Economic Development and he was he (Lige) was on the board. Bronson asked Lige so how many members on the board. So I asked Bronson what in the hell was that all about. The issue of downtown development what does that have to do with Andre so help me understand. I do believe some issues around downtown development has been dealt with.
But if you listen to Andre and his political team – he will tell us that everything is just fine in Rocky Mount.
I have been knowing Andre Knight since the late 90’s and I have never heard him say everything was alright in Rocky Mount. Hell he went to Philadelphia and fought against Rocky Mount receiving the All-American City status. Because Andre recognized and understood then leading up to now that hell no everything ain’t in Rocky Mount so therefore he came back and began to prepare to run for a seat on the Rocky Mount City Council. Because the Ward 1 Seat was coming up, he moved over to the East Side, I repeat to the East Side of Rocky Mount so he could get on the council and help Reuben Blackwell fight for equality for all throught the entire city of Rocky Mount.
Around that same time I encouraged Andre to run for President of the NAACP so I could have some young folk to help me carry out the mission of the NAACP because some of the older folk had digressed to being soft on the fight for freedom and equality. I recognized and understood that if I could get some young folk involved in the fight they could attract young folk to join us.
But Black Folk because of the slave mentality and scared to speak truth to power, many Black Folk were uncomfortable with Andre, myself and some others boldly speaking out so they would be silent when the Special Cs came for us trying to discredit us. But when these same Black Folk needed someone to fight their fight they had/have no problem calling Andre and myself for help.
He wants to criticize my campaign for raising $177,000. I will tell you I would not be able to raise that much money if people were happy with City Hall right now.
I don’t think it is so much of being critical of how much money you have raised but the just showing how much is being spent for a seat on the council that will have very little influence when a Ward Seat is where the Power is but some folk are being mislead to think otherwise. We know what is going on, you are the figure head for the GOP Candidate Lige Daughtridge along with carrying Tarrick Pittman and Gwen Wilkins along for the ride to attempt to UNSEAT Andre Knight and Richard Joyner.
The Special Cs didn’t just become unhappy but been unhappy every since 2003 when the Rocky Mount City Council became a Black Majority Council. But it is understandable that the WSBS (White Supremacy Bull S…) is in full effect because they want to take the city back. They been mad with Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell, Lois Watkins and more recent Richard Joyner.
The folks at City Hall want to keep everything Status Quo. If you like where we are then vote for the incumbents.
Anyone who do not like what the incumbents have done and have in process, then they are being mislead by the Special Cs who have declared WAR on the Black Leadership. Where was all of the energy when Andre Knight was fighting ElectriCities to lower the light bills since Andre Knight, myself and some others found out at Truth Tabernacle when we held a Utilities meeting back in the early 2000’s when Rich Worsinger and the Utilities Commissioner told us about the deal and how it affected Rocky Mount and 20 other cities. It was Andre Knight who fought that fight after getting on the ElectriCities Board and I took off work and went and videoed some of the meetings were they met monthly in Wilson NC.
I will argue that we need new leadership and a new direction at City Hall. We need a new Mayor and City Council who will put Rocky Mount on the right course. That’s what this election is all about.
I am still trying to figure out what the damn course you and the other Special Cs are talking about because this council has been more transparent than any council before them. This council has not been divided on the issues that have come before them and it has not been voting down racial lines but they have been voting together. The mayor has not had a vote since dating back to 2003 so I am trying to figure out what you think you will be able to do but sign off on what the council will put before you.
I believe the voters of Rocky Mount are smart enough to see through all the smokescreens.
Can you please explain what the smokescreens are please educate us. Those of us who have not bought into the WSBS want to know what the smokescreens are so we can have a visual of what you see.
They know our city is falling behind and that’s why it’s time for major change.
They who know? Falling behind, what? I agree and some others agree that it is time for a major change. That is it is time for a Black Mayor to reflect the RACIAL MAKE UP of the city. Hell no I am not saying it is time for a Black Mayor just because but only because there has been a Young Black Man who has been actively engaged in the Rocky Mount City Government business. Bronson Williams has not been only attending the council meetings for years, but he has been a voice for citizens as he has challenged the City Government to do things different and has represented some citizens when they had light bill issues and other. But damn I guess you agree with Kevin Jones that going to a city council meeting for 2 hours means nothing. But damn by not attending the meetings make all the candidates for mayor ignant to the fact of what has been going on over the years. This is why Bronson Williams can be an effective mayor because he already has a repore with many in the community and they could feel good about contacting him to reach out to the council members to handle their concerns unlike you and the others will have to come in and build a relationship with the council members.
Join me in this campaign. I will work to unify our city and will focus on the real issues that impact real people.
So what are the real issues? The real issue is Community Council Lige Daughtridge, Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson, WHIG-TV Sandra Smith & Robbie Davis, Fighting Crime Kat, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Barry Rehms, Tales of an Educated Debutante aka Adrian Harrold Wood, Lottie Mae Parker, Pastor Thomas Ray Green, Ron Green, Samuel Battle, Rita Mozzell-Carter, Reggie Barrett, Tarrick Pittman and some others who are blinded by the real trues that have been going on within the city.
Sandy Claus vs The Grinch?
The real Claus came on the scene back in 2003 and has been delivering some good things. The real Grinch just came on the scene in 2019. Go figure!
Candidate for Mayor
Sandy Roberson response to the Video: Rocky Mount NC – United Rocky Mount Press Conference (Sandy Claus Coming To Town) Rocky Mount City Council Election Heats Up!
Sandy Roberson for Mayor response to the news article: Candidates’ school ties questioned
Last week my campaign was attacked by a sitting City Councilman who criticized my efforts to talk about the issues facing our city. So, let’s frame this election.
Wow I know he didn’t say attack. What in the hell is he doing is he not attacking the poor Black Neighborhoods and got folk on the ground paying them so they say to wear his tee shirts? The school issues are not a city council issue and if he is so damn concerned about schools hell may he need to run for school board. The election has been framed since December of 2018 when the Special Cs went in the attack mode coming after Black Elected Officials and Black Leaders who are Department Heads.
As a voter, you have the choice of voting for more of the same or voting for new leadership. Let me be frank, Rocky Mount is headed down the wrong path. Just look at the facts:
Voters always have a choice to vote for who they want. In this case it is Special Cs who want to take the city back and that means become the Caucasian majority so they can stop the progress of what this council is doing. Fact Check That!
• According to the 2018 NC Department of Public Instruction data, 11 schools in our system are failing and 41% of our schools have a ‘D’ grade.
What in the hell does that have to do with the Rocky Mount City Council?
• In student performance, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools ranked 109 out of 115 public school systems.
Rocky Mount median income is $38,972 while across the state it is $50,584.
What in the hell does that have to do with the Rocky Mount City Council? The council does not set the pay scale for teachers nor businesses.
• Rocky Mount’s average unemployment is 6.1% while the statewide rate is 3.7%.
What in the hell does that have to do with the Rocky Mount City Council? Now if there are vacancies within city government then that is their concern.
• Rocky Mount’s average home value is $85,700 compared to Wilson which is $137,800.
What in the hell does that have to do with the Rocky Mount City Council? What is the driving factor of this comparison?
That’s what the current leadership has delivered for you.
Damn to say this is what the current leadership has delivered is too damn ignant. No mention of utility prices and other things the city offers. Nothing about the Event Center and other things that they have done to bring up the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount but that is because they don’t want to talk about what have been done. But talking about things like the school system when Robbie Davis don’t want the city to have anything to do with Education. SMDH!
I believe we can and must do better. I believe in a future that is full of hope and promise. I will be a Mayor who works to unify our city and won’t be afraid to tackle the tough issues head-on.
These Special Cs tickles the hell out of me talking about unity. Who ain’t unified? The Special Cs who want to be the Caucasian majority on the council and got some ignant ass Black Folk buying into that ignant mess as if the Special Cs give a damn about them. Hell these Black Folk think they exempt as if they are not Black.
If you agree with me that we need new leadership and a new direction, I would proudly welcome your support and your vote.
Anybody Black Folk and good Caucasian Folk of good will that agree with this b.s. got a problem. If you support these lies then if you like it, I love it but I know good will prevail.
It’s time to get Rocky Mount on the right path for today and for future generations.
Rocky Mount has been on the right path since 2003 because this council has been more transparent than any council before them. I know because I have been there and I don’t live in Rocky Mount.
Voters in Rocky Mount you can buy into this b.s. if you want but you better know that you will reap the benefits like they have from voting for Trumpbull but they will not admit it.
Now I can live with folk when they tell the truth but this mess right here trying to make the school system a city council issue is far from the truth. Where in the hell was Sandy when Robbie Davis Nash County Commissioner Chair went after the council about the school system? Oh they are both Millionaire Republicans.
There are rules for campaigning on school property but White Privilege.
Candidate for Mayor
Curmilus Dancy II
The Committee to Re-Elect Andre’ Knight has committed to run our re-election efforts on the outstanding record of success and growth that Rocky Mount has experienced in the 15 years that our candidate has served with distinction and honor as the City Council Representative for Ward 1. Councilman Knight, from the outset of his first candidacy, has been maligned, accused and vilified unjustly. Thankfully, the people of Ward 1 saw through every attempt to disqualify our Candidate, Council Representative Andre’ Knight, and sent him back to serve the people and lead progress for all of Rocky Mount.
We believe that cheap stunts that our candidate’s opponent is attempting to perpetrate are dishonorable, sad and desperate. First of all, the recent Facebook posts that Mr. Pittman has published on his page are libelous and slanderous. The information is false, the pictures are not of his house and his allegations of neglect, taking advantage of people who are struggling to survive and violating City ordinances are lies. Our candidate has not addressed Mr. Pittman’s own inconsistencies in his business and legal affairs. From the outset, he blamed Councilmen Knight and Blackwell for targeting him and trying to evict him from City property. Lies. Both Councilmen tried supporting him as a new downtown business by referring potential clients to him and even taking their own personal computers to him to repair. Regardless of the disappointing outcomes they experienced in their business interactions with him, they did not slander or accuse him. It was the Administration of the City of Rocky Mount, under the advisement of the City’s Attorney’s office, that held Mr. Pittman responsible for his own obligations as a tenant of the City. The NC judicial system resolved that matter recently and our Council Representative had nothing to do with the complaint or the outcome. This is documented history.
Unlike his opponent, Councilman Andre’ Knight has a strong record of advocacy and accomplishment. He does not have to conjure vague images, create suspicion and sow discord through veiled Helms, Reagan and Trump smoke and mirror tactics. We’ve seen all that before. Our candidate led the fight to bring relief to our electric customers in Rocky Mount and to our friends throughout eastern North Carolina from unjust charges levied by Duke Power through Electricities. That battle with industry titans was fought and won. That is documented history.
Our candidate has helped recruit business investment to Ward 1, led revitalization efforts and advocated for increased funding for housing, business development, and enhanced safety measures in inner-city communities in Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount is better than it has ever been. We have new housing where dilapidated warehouses once stood. We have cleared blocks of ruined houses where open-air drug markets existed. We have created and funded policies and projects that have brought tens of millions of dollars in public and private investment to downtown Rocky Mount. For the first time EVER, an international hotel brand is seriously considering locating in east Rocky Mount with the prospect of bringing brand new commercial and retail developments and condominiums to our downtown in Rocky Mount/Edgecombe County. That is documented history.
Our candidate has been a strong advocate for poor people, the elderly and the sick and has brought progress to our City through his leadership. He chairs a real Board of Directors at OIC that serves thousands of real people every month. Under Knight’s leadership, real people are being trained, put to work, opening businesses and their healthcare concerns and needs are being met. More documented history, not fictional and vague accomplishments.
Our candidate is a real entrepreneur that has run a family business since the 1990s and struggles as every small business owner does. There is no shame in not having all the money you need for everything you need all the time. However, we believe that it is deceitful, dangerous and treacherous that a candidate who wants to represent people in Ward 1 brazenly leads and carries an agenda of lies, sabotage, destruction, and annihilation of every policy and leader that has opposed unjust institutions, practices, and people. Andre’ Knight has not received endorsements or accepted money from people who have openly maligned east Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County, disparaged and disrespected our elected and appointed leaders and have tried to destroy regional growth and economic success in Edgecombe County. That is documented history too.
Right now, the Committee to Re-Elect Andre’ Knight is focused on winning this election through the support of the people again. We cannot and will not be distracted by baseless lies and innuendo. That’s a well-thought and planned Trump-inspired move. We will not respond to every falsehood that is published and every fear that is promulgated by our opponents. But it is a mistake for our opponent to think that he can say whatever he wants to say without being accountable for his words and actions. We know he is just one small cog in a web of candidates who are being paid, endorsed and supported by privileged millionaires to destroy the true unity that is bringing life again to historically neglected communities and neighborhoods.
We know that we are fighting institutionalized racism that is fueled and fed by the supporters of President Trump right here in Rocky Mount. It’s happening all over the country, we saw some of them in Greenville a few weeks ago and those same forces are trying to destroy the progress we have all made working together in Rocky Mount. We all have eyes to see and ears to hear. We lived through Jesse Helms’ tactics and we’ll make it through Donald Trump strategies. Our candidate has a brain to think independently and a mouth to speak TRUTH TO POWER. Andre’ Knight is UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED. Now that is documented history and that is why we support Andre’ Knight as our candidate for City Council for Ward 1!
THE COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT ANDRE’ KNIGHT
See Tarrick’s Pittman post https://www.facebook.com/tarrickpittmanward1/
This was forwarded to the Rocky Mount Telegram but it was not released
Rocky Mount, NC– On Friday, July 12, Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount City Council Representative for Ward One, will file for re-election at 1 pm in Edgecombe County. Knight said that “I have served the residents of Ward 1 since 2003 with honor, integrity, vision and strength. Benign neglect, disinvestment and general unbelief in the power and potential of inner-city residents have hampered our growth as a County and as a City. Since the day of my first election, I pledged to speak truth to power to fight for a better life for our Ward residents and to make all of Rocky Mount better. I have lived up to my commitment and I am ready to continue the progress that has been hard fought and that is finally beginning to come to reality.”
Robert Davis, Ward 1 resident and the Knight Campaign Manager stated, “Councilman Knight has been vilified and viciously attacked. When the dots are connected, it’s easy to see that there is a concern that progress is actually occurring in places that no one ever dreamed possible. I support Andre’ because he is not just about talking about change and progress, but he is leading the change and taking the hits for us all.”
Knight continued “since I have been on this Council, I have consistently advocated for more and better housing in inner city neighborhoods, workforce training for residents who are ready to work, business development in east Rocky Mount and entrepreneurial development and support for our residents who have dreams, ideas and willing to work hard to have a better way of life.” Knight is a small business owner and entrepreneur and has operated family owned businesses in Rocky Mount since 1996.
“I support downtown development for everyone, not just rich and privileged business owners. We need them too and I’m willing to support projects that make sense for all citizens. I am a vocal and passionate advocate for downtown housing for all income groups, especially those who work every day, pay their bills and still cannot afford decent and contemporary housing. I support the current downtown hotel and parking lot proposal before us now. That project will lift Rocky Mount and strengthen Edgecombe County. We need it to move us to become a more robust and competitive small city” Knight contended.
Robert Davis concluded that “Knight is unbossed and unbought. Big money and pressure from people who have a problem with seeing everyone succeed and have a voice has not and will not influence Andre’s voice and mindset. He is a man of the people and is moved to make things happen for the least of these. That is why I support him.”
A kick off event will occur at the Knight Re-Election Headquarters at 109 Tarboro Street at 6 pm on Friday the 12th. Campaign supporters and volunteers are welcome to attend.
For More Information, Contact Robert Davis: 252-908-3517
The Political Agitator’s response: I owe Lindell John Kay an apology. I got confused with reading where Tarrick Pittman had filed on his personal page. LJK had not done an article on Pittman. I have contacted LJK and apologized to him. However I stand behind the other information included. Again my guy LJK I apologize.
You know I try to deal with my guy Lindell John Kay but damn this was the filing day for Andre Knight but look at all of this b.s. talking about Tarrick Pittman. There is no mention of the court case pending with Pittman because he has not paid the city for space on Douglas Block and claim he has money in an escrow account but sources say he told them that he does not and he does not have a lawyer. Look at the Community Council page and see how Lige Daughtridge founder of the page highlighted Pittman comments because it is his desire to get Andre out. Lige just told me on Tuesday that I was giving him a hard time and not being fair to him on social media. I said why and he couldn’t really respond. I said you post and allow b.s. on your page as fact and don’t make corrections. He said he miss some things he can’t monitor his page all the time. What a lie because he should get notifications every damn time someone post on his page. However he should check it daily and if he miss it when they 1st comment then he should get it later in the day. But look at the page today how he highlighted Tarrick in the link to Andre’s filing. Black Folk y’all better be woke and see who the Evil doers are that several Special Cs called the Black Leaders during the Public Comments at the Council meeting on Monday night. These Special Cs also mentioned voo doo as well as they spoke about the Black council members.
TARBORO — Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight filed to run for re-election on Friday while surrounded by supporters at the Edgecombe County Board of Elections.
Knight and nearly 30 Twin Counties municipal candidates filed this week, joining the two dozen candidates who filed on July 5. The candidate filing period lasts until noon on July 19.
The Nash County Board of Elections is considering extending the deadline. The board will discuss the matter at its Wednesday meeting.
Knight thanked his supporters who showed up for his filing, including Rocky Mount mayoral candidate Bronson Williams and Ward 3 candidate Nellene Richardson.
“We don’t want to go backwards, we want to go forward,” Knight said.
After filling out the required paperwork and paying the filing fee, Knight said, “It’s official,” to applause from the crowd packed into the elections office.
Knight’s campaign manager Robert Davis said they have their work cut out for them, but it is necessary work.
“Andre sees the same vision we see,” Davis said. “We know he will work for us.” (Read more)