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Elections prove black voters have varied concerns
? Cavanagh gets
the edge with
From staff reports
"Winston-Salem has its first Republican mayor.
But that's not a unilateral worry for blacks, because the
new mayor drew some critical support from African
?I^'The black support Cavanagh received was not in the
traditional sense and will not show up in the figtlres as
Cavanagh receiving a landslide victory," said William
Andrews. He added, "The support will be dispersed
throughout the numbers."
Andrews, former chairman of the Housing Authority of
Winston-Salem, has a reputation for being a life-long
Democrat. Yet he actively campaigned for Cavanagh, the
mayor-elect. On election night, Andrews was at Cavanagh's
side. But don't expect him to rush out and change his party
affiliation. He's not switching parties. Rather, Andrews
insists he backed Cavanagh because he believes the
Republican will do more to move the city forward than the
In a televised interview after unofficial returns indicated
his victory over Wood, he specifically addressed race. He
said his endorsement by people who historically do not
support white Republicans is a sign that Winston-Salem is
hedded in a new direction. He also said that he is interest
ed in working with African Americans.
On Wednesday Cavanagh told The Chronicle that he
was "thrilled over the black support" he received. "I am
especially grateful to Mel Scales and Bill Andrews for the
luncheon they gave for me."
I - See ELECTIONS on A13
Vernon Joffiiot (loft)
campaigns for fofo f.
daughter ki front of
A Desire to keep
Johnson on council
By SHARON BROOKS HODGE
The Chronicle Editor
Municipal elections usually don't draw a significant
level of voter participation, and Tuesday's races didn't
change that trend.
Less than one-fourth of the registered voters in
Greensboro went to the polls to decide the composition
u of the City Council, which will remain virtually intact. In
the predominantly black districts, voter turnout was
lower than the citywide 21 percent. That's an indication
that black voters are content with the leadership in their
district as well as with the overall leadership of the mayor,
Carolyn Allen, said City Councilman Earl Jones.
Many of those who cast ballots said they did so for
two reasons, out of civic duty, or to support a specific
candidate. During interviews after exiting the polls, black
people across the city stated a strong desire to return at
large incumbent Yvonne Johnson to the council. Her
campaign enjoyed support across districts, which was evi
dent by the number of people distributing literature and
urging votes for her on Tuesday.
"I think the fact that Johnson was born and reared in
the city appeals to a lot of people," said Marvin Watkins,
who handed out purple Johnson flyers at the Windsor
Center on Lee Street. "She knows the issues and is in tune
with the people."
"Yes," agreed Clifton Hamer. "One thing I've noticed
about Yvonne, She tries to coordinate the city and the
county. She works well with both groups."
There were six candidates for the three at-large seats
on the council. Because each voter could support three
See JOHNSON av A13
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Is Citizens Police Review
Board aUowed to be effective?
A Some question the
By BRIDGET EVARTS
The Chronicle Staff Writer
Four years ago, relations between the Winston
Salem Police Department and many citizens, partic
ularly members of the African-American
community, were strained to the breaking point.
People complained that police officers harassed
them routinely. Some said officers used excessive
force when making arrests. And others charged that
racism ran rampant in the department.
A coalition of community members and leaders,
named Citizens United for Justice (CUJ), formed ip
part to address the concerns of residents mpre
afraid of cOps than criminals. The group acttfa as
whistle-blowers, calling attention to every report of
Tension heightened with the death of Shelia
McKellar. The young black woman died in police
custody of an apparent cocaine overdose, trussed
and alone on a cold cell floor.
CUJ proposed that the city form a citizens police
review board to restore public faith in the depart
ment. The board of aldermen split 4-4 on the vote,
along racial lines, until Mayor Martha Wood broke
the-tie in favor of the review board's formation.
See REVIEW on A2
Roundtable calls for halt
in use of pepper spray
By ENGLISH BRADSHAW
The Chronicle Suff Writer
Citing a number of recent cases in which the
Winston-Salem Police Department used pep
per spray to subdue arrested offenders, and the
increasing number of deaths in police custody,
the Black Leadership Roundtable called for an
immediate halt in the use of pepper spray.
"There have been three cases in which citi
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