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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, December 08, 2016, Image 1

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BflpBpVHWQ^nH| Reagan <M A bounces , H J-^ ..., ?.,-. <_ I - P'^VffPVPHMronP^I The Chronicle 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 campaign ss-ja; confirmed the i f ? ? final unofficial 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 ference from the GOP-led legislature. Top Democrats were delight ed. "We look forward to working with Governor Elect Cooper to support . Governor-elect Cooper working Norm Carolinians, 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 Brazile. 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 advantage. "I've really been disappointed in the See Cooper on A7 CHRISTMAS 2016 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 THE CHRONICLE 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 want. 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 centers. 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 rounding neighborhood. 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 a treat. 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 er." Adaniss Taylor, La"Niya Simes and Jamya Wallace served as elves during the event. They also participate in the track club as well. 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. Eric Ellison's brother fights to be DNC chairman Local Democratic Party chair is helping in the effort Hp * BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE 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 Eric Keith NO ?f < !ii S ; ^ 0 ? ? r v ?.? r January J ? Su Mo Tu W^JJhjFr Sal I 1 CD V 7 | | py 11 ALUIBCn?|||||l,|,MBS PtLtTjT* "Tnn r r r BHBBB _ V

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