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Volume43,Number 14 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ?THURSDAY, December 8, 2016
D ems are K eady for Roy1
BY CASH MICHAELS
FOR THE CHRONICLE
It took almost a full month past the
Nov. 8 elections, but after numerous failed
Republican legal challenges, and a
_ Durham County
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J* P numbers,
H^MUMpPMhI Republican Gov.
Pat McCrory this
week finally conceded his defeat to
Democratic challenger Roy Cooper in the
hotly contested gubernatorial race that
captivated the nation.
"Despite continued questions that
should be answered regarding the voting
process," the governor, wearing a dark suit
jacket and open shirt, said in a YouTube
video concession speech Monday morning
to his supporters, "... I personally believe
that the majority of our citizens have spo
ken, and we now should do everything we
can to support the 75th governor of North
Carolina, Roy Cooper."
In an email response, Cooper, the state
attorney general, thanked Gov. McCrory
and his wife for their service to the state,
and promised that under his leadership, he
will strive to make North Carolina a state
that "works for everyone."
Cooper beat McCrory by over lOjOOO
votes, thus staving off a statewide recount.
or any inter
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Governor-elect Cooper working Norm
invest in our public schools, and work to
build a better North Carolina," saick NC
Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy
Keever in a statement.
"After four years of Republican con
trol in the governor's office and six years
of a Republican-controlled state legisla
ture that has only turned back the clock,
there's no doubt that North Carolina is
Ready for Roy," said Democratic National
Committee Interim Chairwoman Donna
State Senate Minority Leader Sen. Dan
Blue (D-Wake) was also pleased, but con
cerned about how McCrory and the
Republican Party apparently tried to slash
and burn the election results for political
"I've really been disappointed in the
See Cooper on A7
Photo by Timothy Ramsey
A young girl grabs a piece of candy from Santa after telling him her Christmas wish list.
Santa Claus is sighted at
W.R. Anderson rec center
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
Tis the season to be
jolly. With Christmas right
around the corner, children
are writing out their
Christmas present lists to
tell Santa Claus what they
The W.R. Anderson
Recreation Center, in con
junction with Next Level
Track Club, brought Santa
to the rec center so that
children can let him know
what they are hoping for.
Director of Next Level,
Buddy Hayes, played Santa
and has been doing so since
1992 at various recreation
Hayes said he has
known W.R. Anderson
Director Bryant McCorkle
for years, and when he
asked him to come over to
the center to play Santa,
Hayes was more than wel
come to do it.
The kids who came to
visit Santa at the center
were from the track club,
recreation center and sur
The kids got the opportuni
ty to sit on Santa's lap and
tell him what they would
like for Christmas. The
kids also received candy as
Hayes added, "I enjoy
talking to the kids and see
ing them smile. It's a pleas
ure for me to be able to do
something nice for the par
ents and kids during the >
holiday season. We have"
some great parents and
some great athletes. The
parents come out and sup
port us so much, so when I
got the chance to help out
the kids, it was a no brain
La"Niya Simes and Jamya
Wallace served as elves
during the event. They also
participate in the track club
McCorkle said he was
happy to see the kids have
a chance to tell Santa what
was on their wish lists. He
hopes more and more kids
come out in years to come.
to be DNC
Local Democratic Party chair
is helping in the effort
BY TODD LUCK
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, a progressive who made his
tory as the first Muslim in Congress, is vying to become
the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
The Minnesota lawmaker has a local connection in
his younger brother, Eric Ellison, who is a lawyer and
Forsyth County Democratic Party chair.
The national chair will be decided on the weekend of
Feb. 24. 2017, by approximately 447 DNC members.
North Carolina has five of them, elected by the state
party, plus the state chair and vice chair. Eric said he's
arranged meetings for his brother to talk with them, and
believes that Keith is the frontrunner in the race.
The Ellisons are originally from Detroit. Keith con
verted to Islam while he was an undergraduate at Wayne
State University. He became a lawyer and served in the
Minnesota legislature. In 2007, he made history as the
first Muslim member of Congress. He won his 2016 re
election for his sixth term with 70 percent of the vote.
During the primary, he became one of the most promi
nent supporters of Sen. Bemie Sanders' presidential bid
See DNC on A7
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