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CKCSSCeiDS Bdmont Abbc^ College Vol. VI No. 3 BELMONT, N. C. February 1978 > ’69 Alumnus Enters Congressional Race RichardJoseph Salem, a 196:; graduate of Belmont Abbey College, ha.s announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to congress from Hillsborough County, Florida’s seventh congressional district. Brent .laquet (BAC ‘71) is the campaign manager and his wife Ellie ; SHC ’71) is also working full time in the campaign. For the past two years Salem served as Chairman of the Democratic Executive Com mittee of Hillsborough County. Under his leadership, the Democratic Party conducted an intensive voter registration drive prior to the 1976 Presidential election which resulted in over 10,000 new Democratic registrations. He developed innovative citizen participation and service programs, including the Neigh borhood Forum Program, designed to bring local elected officials into face-to-face contact with their constituents, and the Citizen Service Center designed to provide assistance in dealing with governmental agencies at the local, state and federal level. Prior to leaving his post as Party Chairman, Salem developed and chaired the first Hillsborough County Democratic Convention, which adopted a platform of priorities for the county. Nominated by Governor* Ruben Askew for election to the RICHARD J. SALEM U S. Electoral College, Salem served as a Presidential Elector from Florida in 1977. Also, that same year, he was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Com mittee to the Board of County Commissioners. He currently serves as a meml)er of the State Democratic Party Appeals Committee and works on the Advisory Board to the Gulf Coast Council of Scouting U.S.A. In 1974, Salem was chosen to chair Florida’s first regional Scouting for the Handicapped Program. He is currently a member of the Tampa Urban l^eague. He was selected as one of the Florida Javcees’ Outstanding \oung Men'of the Year in 1974 and in 1975 he was nationally honored as an Outstanding ^ oung Man of America. Born in New Bern, North Carolina on March 31, 1947 Salem has been legally blind since age 15.. Rick graduated Cum l.,aude in May 1969 from the Abbey. He served on the student government and the Spire staff. He was very active in Phi- Kappa Theta fraternity serving as rush chairman and President. Rick was elected to Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Fraternity. He was also elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. In May, 1972, S^em graduated with distinction from Duke University Law School. While in school there, he served as an editor of the Duke Legal Research Program and as a student governor on the American Bar Association Board of Governors. Salem is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court lor the Middle District ol Florida and the Florida Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Blind Lawyers’ Association, the Florida Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Richard was recently married to the lormer Aileen Monley of Tampa. Billy Holmgaaf*! scores two points against I'alawba. >torc Basketball i>« pages 7 jiiJ-S. PETER A. FOLEY Peter A. Foley, class of 19(H, has been elected chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. Foley, a Democrat who is serving his third two-year term as a county commissioner, was vice-chairman of the Ixiard from 1974 until December 1977. when he was elected chairman. A law\er by profession. Foley is \ice president and general counsel of Custom Plastics. Inc., of Charlotte. He is a member of the Mecklen burg. North Carolina and .•\nierican Bar .\>sociations. and he is also a member of the North Carolina .\cademy of Trial l.a\v\er> and the American Trial Lawyers .Association He is a lormer delegate Irom Mecklenburg to the North Carolina House of Representatives ttC. 7:’ , and he has >er\ed on the Cb.arlotte Civic .Scrcice Board '.tHtS .0 -and as an assistant .superior Court .Silicilor 1 69 He was named one of the*’ Outstanding Young Men of .America in B169, and he has also been selected as one of the Ten Outstanding A’oung Men id Charlotte-Mecklenburg. He is a member of the North Carolina Legislative Commission to Rew rite the Public Laws for the Slate of North (’arolina. For the last two years he has been a member of the Ceniralina Council of Governments' Ad visory Council for Emergency Medical Services. .A graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School, he received the B.A, degree in English Irom the Abbey and in .965 he received the .1.1). Haw' degree trom the University of North Carolina ;d Chapel Hill. Foley w;is Uirn in Springfield. I ihio. but has spent most of his ;ite in Clnirlotte. He \v;is i onorably discharged Irom the LS Marine Corps in 1966. He is married to the lormer Shenard Henderson. ;ind they ha\e two MdlS. Class of 1968 Reunion.... Page 6

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