I meant to add this to countrycats’ Care and feeding of candidates diary but I didn’t get around to it. In light of the fact the gubernatorial candidates (except Ron Sparks) have agreed not to “play the race card” that may be a good thing because in my mind “agreeing not to play the race care” is nod nod wink wink for “we are going to ignore black folks issues and concerns, and marginalize those who try to address them”. So just in case I’m right (pun intended) here are some questions for ALL the candidates (republican and democrat) from a Redeye point of view.
1. What steps would you take to establish a fair hiring program, pay structure, and promotional system for state employees? Or do you think such a program is needed?
2. If elected, how would you go about changing the attitudes of people who are opposed to African Americans playing a greater role in state government and in rendering civic service to our state?
3. Do you support earmarking a certain percentage of money from the sale of alcohol or tobacco to be used for indigent health care or maintaining substance abuse centers?
4. In terms of priority, what servcies would you like to see improved and expanded? Please be specific.
5. Give three reasons why you think black people should vote for you over your opponent.
More questions on the flip side.
6. Our state needs more industry and more jobs. What do you plan to do to help bring more industry/jobs to our state if elected?
7.What steps would you take, if any, to make the affairs of state government more open to the public?
8. What do you plan to do,if anything, to broaden the base of communication with citizens?
9. What are some of the things you believe you can do in office that your oppenent(s) won’t do?
10. If our state is eligible for community developement, block grant money or stimulus funds, what are some areas you would like to see this money used for, and for what type of projects?
I’m not expecting the candidates we have to answer, but it sure would be nice.