Exercising the right to vote is the most powerful action you can take. Without it you have no voice in the decisions being made that effect you. Recognizing the power in your vote is empowering and holds those elected accountable to those they represent in government. To that end it is important that the issues impacting the African American community are an important part of any agenda. We trust our public servants to represent our issues but it's imperative that they serve with community confidence. Therefore, during each election the CCDBC (by committee) implement the vetting process and provide our members with facts and information on candidates running for office. Candidates have the opportunity to meet with our members on many occasions and members determine by majority vote who should have our support. We are proud to provide the list of candidates ratified for endorsement at our August meeting. If you would like to have a voice in this process we encourage you to join the CCDBC and add your voice.
The CCDBC was proud to see history in the making, with the largest number of African American candidates running for office in the 2012 election year. Congratulations to each of them for stepping up to serve in public office. Many went on to the general election and most are reflected in the endorsement list above. Those endorsed by the CCDBC membership includes Barack Obama, Steven Horsford, Kelvin Atkinson, Pat Spearman, Aaron Ford, Ken Evans, Harvey Munford, Dina Neal, Jason Frierson, Steven Brooks, Felipe Rodriguez, William Horne, Cedric Crear, Lawrence Weekly, Michael Douglas, and Linda Young. Other African American candidates running in the 2012 general election include Allison Stephens, Marsha Kimble Simms, Jonathan MacArthur, and Phung Jefferson.