It is alarming that at this late hour in the campaign, there are some who want to characterize this campaign along racial lines. In 30 years of business with Medicare and Medicaid, I have never had a civil rights complaint filed against me or my company based on actions dealing with employees and the thousands of patients we have served over that course of time.
Furthermore, the people who know me, know my family — know my reputation. I have worked throughout my career and my personal life to support and advance people regardless of their station, their race, their age, their religion, and their sexual orientation. Allegations otherwise are propugated for political gain and are totally without merit.
It is sad that so many people want to color this race based on skin tones — that’s the politics of the status quo because they don’t have any real solutions to move our city in a new direction and provide the leadership that will deliver safe neighborhoods, new jobs and better student performance.
My campaign is about equality. It’s about moving in a new direction. It’s about lifting up every single neighborhood in our city — so we can be prosperous and successful. That’s why my campaign motto is: Working together for progress. It’s time to stop the silliness and focus on the real issues that will impact real people
The Political Agitator response: This election has been about RACE since December 2018 it has been in full force leading up to now.
I repeat this RACE is about COLOR but it didn’t begin with you and will not end with you. The minutes of the meetings and the videos are documented facts to show that there has been a dedicated movement to attack Black Leadership so that it would create an atmosphere to remove Andre Knight and Richard Joyner from the council. Whether you have been actively publicly engaged in the process does not change the mere fact there has been a movement. The movement prompted Warren Daughtridge to yet start another group LoveRockyMount. He said the group was not political and I challenged him on it several times and he finally admitted to it during the 1st City Council meeting earlier this month in September.
The current city council has done a damn good job since the council became a 4-3 Black Majority in 2003 however the Caucasians on the council has not shown they were divided during 95% of the time when voting on city business. To make it plain there has been very, very few times the council has voted down racial lines which would be all the blacks voting together and all of the whites voting together. All of the Caucasians either voted together or it may have been times when 2 voted one way and 1 the other.
What solutions are you talking about because I have been attending the City Council meetings long before any of the current council members have been on the council?
You say your campaign is about equality? Could you explain equality as in what because that could vary.
I agree it is about moving in a new direction. What is the direction because this council has been going in a new direction since 2003?
How do you go about lifting up every single neighborhood in the city? That is a broad statement without providing how that can be done? What city has lifted up every neighborhood and how did they do it?
Since you talk about how successful and all tell me what Black community have you lifted up since you have been the business man you say you are.
Wow! You say so we can be prosperous and successful. Damn that sounds like those money hungry preachers that preach prosperity.
Wow! Your Motto tickles me because if you don’t get 100% of the votes then how do you call that togetherness?
I agree the Special Cs that created the division in the community because the council is not divided, need to stop their ignant mess. They created the mess but then when we call them out they play VICTIM. Obviously they represent you from your silent actions until now when you have no choice but to speak since you are a candidate.
What are the real issues that impact real people?
I have no problem with you running for mayor and I have told folk that all of the emphasis do not need to be put on the mayor’s race because the mayor has limited power and will just sign off on what the council does and may never get to vote.
The problem I have is the Black community is being targeted by certain Black folk who are pushing your and LoveRockyMount agenda.
It is about Voter Integrity on all sides and what I see is some mess that has been taking place that has been linked to your campaign and the mess I am talking about is what has been printed in the newspaper and from the folk I have talked to directly and/or indirectly.
I ain’t mad with anybody and if I was to get mad with anyone it would not be you, it would be the Black Folk who are pushing your agenda. You see they are responsible for allowing mess to take place in the Black Community. So what elections like this does is validate what I have been saying over the years, watch who the folk to see where they stand politically. After the election is over folk will be able to see as you stated real people but I want to take it one step further real Black Folk. This will let folk know the character of the Black Folk and the Caucasian folk when they go public with their political activity. One thing about it one can’t go in the polls with them but it is clear who they supported when they wear the shirts, work the polls and especially try to persuade Black folk to vote for you.
Steve Stevenson Sandy, I sincerely apologize for the remarks I made in a private message to an individual. The statement published by itself it totally out of context. It was in response to a black gentleman stating politicians being scared of confronting inept, and possibly corrupt managers and administrators because of their race. I know you and your management team have a proven track record and are beyond reproach in all compliance and employment practices. My statement was intended to communicate my opinion that you do not and will not give a pass to anyone, regardless of race, and are not intimidated by those who may use their race as a shield from accountability or responsibility. The snipet of that exchange is regrettable and considering the party who revealed it, poor judgement on my part to even engage in.
The Political Agitator response: Wow! So Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson is apologizing for his remark made in a private message to Johnny Cunningham. So whether you said it in private or publicly your ass is a racist and you have just validated it. Damn if your statement was taken out of context what the hell are you apologizing for? But what I learned a long time ago is you can’t control how someone receive what one say. Damn you being a jackleg attorney ought to know that much.
Wow! You say your response was to a Black gentleman the same damn Black gentleman that you teamed up with some Caucasian friends to attempt to silence him by taking out a restraining order on him. But you and they underestimated him because he showed up in court with not only some supporters but a real attorney. You tried to get Johnny’s attorney to go against Johnny by saying Johnny had come after you. SMDH!
Wow! As a jackleg Attorney you should have been able to articulate Sandy’s track record in a better fashion but you did it from the heart because that is what you have done over the years and the numerous recent inboxes to Johnny validate such along with my videos of the HRC meetings.
You say your statement was intended to communicate your opinion and that is what got your ignant ass in this mess. But you see you have been getting away with such over the years but now you have proven where your heart is.
Damn and then for you to end it by going from saying a Black gentlemen to saying consider the party who revealed it tickles the hell out of me. You continue to show how ignant your ass is.
You are correct it was poor judgement on your part to even engage in the exchange. But this is what you have done and continue to do even after Johnny Cunningham filed a formal complaint against you with the Human Relations Commission after the HRC had voted on the issue that a HRC member raised against you during our last meeting.
You got so damn much mouth but you didn’t show up for the meeting but then interviewed with the newspaper trying to make the meeting about me.
Well I have tried to tell folk about you but I don’t have to do that anymore because it is documented in your ignant conversation private and public. The inboxes don’t lie and my videos don’t either.
I ain’t mad with anybody.
Admit that you are a racist and that you want to seek help. Oh that is just my opinion. If you like being that way, then I love it!