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Sam Wilson speaks Wednesday
By CRYSTAL BERNSTEIN
Although the public may not be
as concerned about the campaigns for
secretary of state, both candidates for
the office say the race is important.
To get their messages across, the
candidates say they are relying on
public appearances, advertising or
Republican John Carrington has
begun to advertise heavily through
television, radio and newspapers.
Democrat Rufus Edmisten has not
begun to advertise, and said his
campaign will focus on direct contact
Due to the high cost of advertising
on radio and television, Edmisten
said he is relying on old friendships
and hard work to win the election.
Mayor, citizens plan Car rbord
By LD. CURLE
Carrboro Mayor Eleanor Kinnaird
is cooperating with citizens in an
effort to plan and establish the town's
The prospective library will be
small, containing best sellers, classics,
children's books and magazines and
newspapers targeted for retired
"The point of the library will be
convenience rather than collection,"
Kinnaird said Wednesday. ,
She is forming a Friends of the
Library committee, which will exam
ine' popular demand, possible sites
and funding for the project.
Kinnaird said she started to plan
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hopefuls -strive for recognition
"I am not a wealthy person," said
Edmisten, the 1984 Democratic
gubernatorial candidate. "I recognize
that I have good name recognition."
He said his former position as N.C.
attorney general, which he held for
10 years, will lend visibility to his
Carrington has made several per
sonal appearances, but is concentrat
ing on advertising.
"I don't think there's a station in
North Carolina that we've missed,"
said Don Penven, Carrington's cam
Carrington is focusing on his
experience as a businessman, because
the secretary of state primarily works
with new businesses in North
"No one's ever really campaigned
this project after several - people
mentioned it to her while she was
campaigning for mayor.
The library, which is still a couple
of years away, might be located on
the second floor of the town hall,
That floor is not being utilized now
because it does not have an exit for
the handicapped, she said.
A main source of funds for the
library could be the Hyconechee
Program, a system set up by the state
in the 1940s to bring libraries to rural
areas, Kinnaird said.
Other sources might include dona
tions, county funds and a minor
amount to be taken from city funds,
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By STACI COX
Assistant State and National Editor
Republicans are running strong in
North Carolina and cannot afford to
lose presidential or state elections, the
GOP candidate for state attorney
general said in a speech to about 25
College Republicans Wednesday
"1988 looks like a great year for
us," said Sam Wilson, who is running
against incumbent Democrat Lacy
Wilson said he was a registered
Democrat in college, but now dislikes
Democratic views. Democratic can
didate Michael Dukakis is avoiding
the issues because he is afraid the
majority of voters won't agree with
his "liberal" stands, he said.
"Dukakis is between the devil and
the deep blue sea," Wilson said. "He
knows if he answers issues with
candor he will lose, but if he deceives
the people, which he is trying to do,
he will also lose."
Wilson paused in his speech to give
a thumbs-up to a member of the
audience wearing an Ollie North T
shirt. "I'm proud to say Lt. Col. North
made an appearance for my cam
paign," Wilson said. North, who was
indicted in the Iran-contra scandal,
spoke at a July fund-raiser for Wilson
In the race for attorney general,
Wilson said his opponent has a
Thornburg makes decisions strictly
on the basis of politics and blocks
Gov. Jim Martin's initiatives when
ever possible, Wilson said.
"I want to fight crime, not fight
as hard as John," Penven said. "We
haven't seen a thing from the other
Both candidates agreed that one of
the most important functions of the
office is the licensing of new busi
nesses in North Carolina, to attract
industry and jobs to the state.
Edmisten said the office is "the
heartbeat of the business community
of North Carolina."
Carrington and Edmisten said they
have different motives for winning the
election. Penven said Republicans
expect Edmisten to use the office as
a political stepping-stone for other
positions in state government, but
Carrington would bring his expe
rience to the office and prevent the
office from incurring unnecessary
Orange County head librarian
Kathleen Peiffer said the library
could be a branch of the Orange
County Library if it chooses to
affiliate and signs a contractual
The closest library to Carrboro
now is the Chapel Hill Public Library,
located at 523 E. Franklin St. The
Chapel Hill library is now in the
process of establishing a new
The site for the library has already
been selected, and GGA Architects
has been chosen as the architect for
the new building. The design process
for the building is under way now.
our governor," he said. '
Thornburg appointed Bob Morgan
as head of the State Bureau of
Investigations, then allowed Morgan
to use his post for political campaigns
and lobbying, Wilson said. Thorn
burg also supported state Rep.
William Watkins when Watkins was
sued for overcharging to act as
executor of a woman's will, he said.
"That's one of the hallmarks of my
opponent: his allegiance to crony
ism," Wilson said.
If elected, Wilson promised he
would work against drug trafficking
in schools and for a law requiring a
30-year sentence with no parole for
drug pushers convicted of selling
drugs within 1,000 yards of school
. "I want drug traffickers not just to
slow down in a school zone, I want
them to stop," he said.
The 30-year penalty would also
apply to minors who are caught
selling drugs on or around school
property, although local district
attorneys would have the option to
press lesser charges.
"If this law is to mean anything,
there can be no -kiddy exception,"
The federal government should
have the right to use the military to
stop drug traffickers from entering
the United States and should enforce
drug testing for public service offi
cials, Wilson said. He also supports
the death penalty for extremely
violent crimes and drug traffickers.
"Getting these things done takes
people planting the flag and standing
up . . . for what they believe in."
expenses through expansion.
Edmisten said he wants to "stamp
out" fraud and help those who want
to start new businesses in the area.
Abraham Holtzman, a political
science professor at North Carolina
State University, said the only impor
tance of this election lies in political
"The office itself is a nothing," he
said. Voters have been apathetic in
previous elections, voting only for
candidates running for better-known
offices and neglecting to vote for less
recognized positions such as secretary
of state, he said.
Holtzman says that he thinks the
Democrats will win because Edmisten
has more name recognition than
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History has effect ;. .
on party affiliation,
By WILLIAM TAGGART
VA majority of voters this fall will
not pick a party according to the
issues of the campaign but will
already have their votes deter
mined by historical motives, said
William LeUchtenburg Wednes
day at a meeting of the Retired
"By no small degree, the elec
torate does not make up its mind
afresh every four years," said
Leuchtenburg, a Kenan professor1
of history. "Most people come to
regard themselves as Republican
or Democrat and maintain that
election after election, often
throughout a lifetime."
The effects of the Civil War can
still be seen in the geographic
division of party power, he said.
The South has remained consist
ently Democratic, while the Union
victory and the support of the
North kept the Republicans in
power for 60 years, he said.
From 1860 to 1932, only two
Democrats entered the White
House, each with less than 50
percent of the popular vote.
Vermont did not elect a Democrat'
as governor until 1962. A popular
campaign slogan was, "Vote the
way you shot."
The Republican Party began to
call itself the "Grand Old Party"
and was considered the party of
the Union and patriotism, he said.
"In 1988, the emergence of the
Pledge of Allegiance as an issue
and (George) Bush's visit to a flag
factory are part of a strategy,
centuries old," Leuchtenburg said.
The Republicans continue to show
the Democrats as less patriotic, he
Just as the Civil War put the
GOP in power, the Depression
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devastated its political fortunes
and established the Democrats as
the new political force, he said. .,
A new Democratic coalition of
Southern, ethnic and low-income
voters founded under Franklin
Roosevelt has Helped keep the
Democrats in political control
since 1932, Leuchtenburg said.
Since the Depression, the Repub
licans have controlled Congress
only twice for a total of four years,
and the Democrats have con
trolled it since the time of D wight
The strength of the Democratic
coalition has faded, but it was still
visible in the 1984 presidential
race, when Walter Mondale won
the majority of the black, Jewish,
unemployed, labor and urban
electorate, Leuchtenburg said.
Many people wonder lit the 1 984
landslide of Ronald Reagan marks
the beginning of new Republican
dominance, he said. "(But) if we
are already in a new Republican
era, it is hard to account for the
majority of Democratic governors
and the Democratic control of
The possibility of either Bush or
Michael Dukakis winning a lands
lide victory this year is unlikely,
Leuchtenburg said, because an
increasing number of voters iden
tify with neither party.
While a large majority of voters
still choose a candidate based on
historical motives, 30 percent of
the electorate is unaligned, Leuch
tenburg said. As more voters
become politically independent,
political contests will become
much more volatile in the future,
"The hand of history will rest
more gently on the electorate than
it ever has before," Leuchtenburg
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