Gardner Hopes To Beat
Odds In District 3 Race
By Hob White ^
Post Staff Writer
Roosevelt Gardner hopea to beat
the odda to become the first Repub
lican to represent District 3 on
Charlotte city council. f1.
Gardner aays he feels the mo
mentum is swinging his way
and he is drawing dose to oppo
nent Ella 8carbourough.
"I think it’s about even right
now," he said.
History is not on Gardner's
side, as no Republican has repre
sented the area since the dty
went to district representation in
1P77. For .10 years, Ron Lee per,
an at large candidate this year,
has been District 3's council
Neither are the numbers,
which favor the Democrats 3-1 to
Aware of the task ahead, Gard
ner said his campaign will target
traditional Democratic strong
holds while holding on to Repub
lican areas. . • TT v
"Well have to do well in Cl*i
ton Park, Precinct 77 (which in
V Gardner "
one has to taka the first step.
"When you look across the
country, they're 4-1 Democratic"
in the number of registered vot
ers, Gardner assessed. "We were 1
traditional farm workers until
someone stood up. The thing that
upsets me the most is that the
Democrats have black people vot
ing lor losers that mainstream
America won't vote for."
Gardner, who «aw combat duty
» Build On
. By H*it> White - .
Post Staff Writer
Ella Scarborough is hoping
District 8 voters will endorse her
call for cooperation to Improve
the district with votes on election
Scarborough, a Democrat run
ning for the District 8 city council
scat now held by Ron Leeper, is
making her first run for council.
Scarborough got to the Nov. 8
general election with a victory
over Paul Recard and Sam Can
in the Democratic primary. She
finished with 991 votes, compered
to Carr's 498 and Recard's 94 In a
light turnout. Scarborough said
the campaign's pace has been
hectic, with “two or three" public
forums to attend every day, but
her candidacy la on schedule go-'
ing into the general election.
. "We feel good about it," she in
formed. "We've worked hard."
Scarborough said her campaign
will stay with the formula that
won the Democratic nomination,
which is to oontrol the precincts
when her rapport is strongest.
"We looked at some strategic
areas that we targeted for the gen
eral election," she said. "I was
the top vote-getter in all boxes
(precincts) and we hope to do the
same thing in the election."
The Scarborough campaign lik
ens itself to have grass-roots rap
■as Scarborough On Page 4A
Voters To Decide Bom
— Ik ' • r * '*
On November 8 voters of Char
lotte will go to the polk to vote for
the mayor of Charlotte and vote
on the 1M7 bond referendum*.
Beside* the Hervey Gentt-Sue
Myrick mayoral election, Demo
estk candidate Ella Scarborough
ia running against Republican
candidate Roosevelt Gardner for
councilman of Dietrict 8.
This position ie currently held
by Democrat Ron Leeper, who
will run at large for dty couticih -
"The number for voter turn out
1* expected to be 40% to 45%, which
ie much lower compared to a
praetdendal election that usually v
hae a 78* to 85* t*m out,"said
Bin Culp, supervisor of the board
The voters of Mecklenburg
County will asked to vote "Yes"
or "No" on sight county bond
questions. All bond items era
Impressments needsd to mast tha
needs of e growing community.
The total bond package for
WMklenburg County ia
The bends proposed for Meck
lenburg County are for schools,
solid waste facilities, park and
raersation fscilftiss, county
buildings, flood control fhcill
ties, Central Piedmont Commu
nity College, WTVI
(telecommunications) and li
Of the $71,285,000, school bends
*111 provide the school system
with 581,100,000 to obtain two
south arse elementary schools,
maintence facilities, air condi
"Overall, I think we did very
well," Gantt said after tha tala
"Whan you’re doing (the de
bate) you really can’t tell* My
rlck aaid. % gp™ ■'
the eandldatea continued to
bleat tha other's position on
tranaportation and tha city’s role
in providing housing and shelter
for tha hornaleee. Myrick aaid tha
mayor should work mor*'closely
an about-iaee otj soma issues, pa
ricularly the city's role in pro
viding a shelter for the homeless
and building low-income hous
ing. Gantt favors a mors active
Gantt challenged Myrick to of
fer specifics to the plan while in
sisting that waste has been cut
where it has been found. He also
claimed that Myrick failed to
take a leadership role in elimi- ;
nating waste from the budget
while both were on council.
“(Myrick) never demonstrated
any leadership, never took any
initiatives frying to move us to
Jrs and articles
ad.-r: .. C*
•use the com*!
based the ac
m ruled on by
erases the li£
censing of television stations.
“It is still a nonissue," Gantt
explained. I have done nothing
morally, ethically or legalfja
wrong." , '.tzX
Polls show Mjnrlck cutting into
Gantts lead going into ths gener
al election and both candidates
are girding for the stretch run. ■
l . *W« fed pretty good about the
support and enthusiasm we'vp;
gotten and well keep working up;
until that moat important poll on
To me the moat important
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Vinroot Fundraiser Set
On Sunday, November 1, from
5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at tha Hyde Park
home of Mrs. Jean Webber a ma
jor fund raiiar will be held for
current City Councilman, Rich
The hind raiear will take plaoe
at 4200 Hyde Park.
Vlnroot ia running for re
*1 action for a third term on the
Charlotte City Council.
Says Alfred Olover, on* of the
event's organiiera, "Thie hind
raiear le significant because it
shows that blacks are diversified
with their votes and dollars.
"Vlnroot has consistently been
in the forefront in respect to sup k >
porting causes which enhance the
black community," adds Olover.
Webber la being eaalatad In thia
fund reiser by Dr. Emery L.
Rann, Mra. Waaley Clamant,
Clayton Parry, Mr. and Mra. Ge
rald Johnaon, Mr. and Mra.
Charles Farrar and others.
Music for tha occasion will be
provided by classical pianist Karl
Moors In tha sitting araa, while
guests may also enjoy jaat in tha
congregational araa of tha Web
K 12* v . • jtf- T v.f
Ihe public is invited to attend at
*10 per person, payable during tha
eratit, or by mailing their contri
bution to Alfred Olovar, 1426
1 Referendum s
ttoning and contigancy hinds.
Tha solid waste faeilitiaa
bonds will dsvalop landfills to
moat state and Moral guldsllnas
at tha sstimatsd cost of
Tha parks and rtersational fa
dlitiaa bonds will provids 260-300
■eras for a community pork in
tha southsastam part of tha county
and to build tha county's fourth
high school swimming pool at tha
projected cost of $8 million
Mental Health Canter remod
eling, Hal Marshall Services
Center renovation and land ac
quisition art part of the county
buildings bonds. Ths total cost is
Ths flood control fadlltlsc
bonds sstimatsd cost is $6,000,000.
Thit will ftind drainaga pro
Jecte, and construction of dsten
Central Piedmont Community
College bonds will ftind one area
learning center and the vocation*
el-trade building at the coat of
The WTV1 bonds will expand
and remodel the studios at
WTVT. Thie cost is $3,100,000.
The library bonds at a total of
$2,910,000 will go toward south re
gional branch-land acquisition
The bonds for Charlotte pertain
to street improvements, parks
and recreational facilities, and
sanitary sewer bonds.
The estimated amount for
street improvements is
$32,800,000. This involves wi
dening roads, Park Hoad align