Davidson College students are getting involved in this fall’s town election, hosting candidate forums and following candidates through the student newspaper, The Davidsonian. Meanwhile, last minute endorsements are coming in for some of the candidates.
Town Board candidate Lenny McAllister reports that he has gained the support of the Davidson Black Political Caucus, a new group he said is “establishing a relationship” with the Charlotte Black Political Caucus. The caucus held a meeting with the candidates Thursday night at Ada Jenkins Center on Davidson’s west side.
Mr. McAllister also says he’s picked up support from Charles Jeter, a town commissioner in Huntersville, and from Ahmad Daniels, a Charlotte-area civil rights activist.
William E. Jackson Jr. says his mayoral bid has won the endorsement of Mecklenburg County Commissioner Norman A. Mitchell Sr. Mr. Mitchell represents District 2, which covers the western side of the county. Davidson is in District 1.
Also, an advertisement in this week’s (Oct. 31) Lake Norman Times includes endorsements for Mr. Jackson from a list of citizens: Ted Arrington, Tobin & Sarah Henry, Gill Holland, Rusty Knox, Susan MacCormac, Alexander & Babs McKelway, Paul Miller, Ed Palmer, Ron Raeford, Bob & Ann Santoli, and Sam Spencer IV.
On the Davidson campus, The Davidsonian student newspaper has been following the mayoral and Town Board races. Last Monday, mayoral candidates William E. Jackson Jr. and John Woods met in a debate sponsored by the Student Government Association and the newspaper.
The paper also has run columns by the mayoral candidates and profiled Town Board candidate Fountain Walker, who is the college police chief. To see what students are reading, follow these links:
Oct. 31, 2007, “Davidson College hosts town mayoral debate.”
Oct. 31, 2007, John Woods commentary, “John Woods evaluates College-Town relationship past and present”
Oct. 31, 2007, Bill Jackson commentary, “Town as context of College: College as identity of Town.”
Oct. 24, 2007, “Officer to seek office,” about Fountain Walker’s Town Board campaign.
Oct. 24, 2007, “Meet the Town Board candidates.