Zina Pierre is back in the race. Claiming she never withdrew and a staffer erroneously issued the statement, she says she is committed to the race.Read about it at Eye On Annapolis along with a downloadable copy of her press release
I, for one, am ecstatic about this - Zina's reappearance will likely ensure a victory for Cordle.We as a community dropped the ball and given Zina the primary. I think after seeing what a mistake that was, we'll be galvanized to get out on election day and keep the city safe. By dropping the ball, I mean that we as a community failed to get out there and vote.The paltry turnout of the general population allowed Zina to capitalize on her skin color and mobilize the black vote to the point that this demographic controlled the election. To me, this seems incredibly racist: if a white candidate came to a predominantly white neighborhood and bussed them to the polls, don't you think people would be up in arms? The fact that this tactic was designed to get votes based purely on color was absolutely blatant.The irony of this ploy was that the black community felt empowered by Zina's candidacy, not realizing that they were being used as pawns to win the office. Hopefully this same community will flood the polls again on election day, but with a color blind, impartial attitude.(On a related note, how can the voting population expect a mayor to keep the city's financial situation in check when she can't even do that for herself...)
In reading today's Capital there are two theories. Natcef from the College says she cannot recover and that bodes well for Cordle and Fox.However, Simms says that this will only further mobilize the African American community and the public housing residents since it is a show that she is going through similar circumstances as they are.I can see it happening both ways. I just hope that voters on either side do not become disenfranchised and avoid the polls. I can see the republicans staying away feeling Cordle is a shoo in, and I can see some Dems (the Josh and Trudy supporters?) staying away because of how this is all playing out.Regardless, it will be an interesting 45 days!
Funny, but the idea that any group was mobilized, fairly or unfairly is simply not true.The lowest turnout precincts were in Wards 1, 3, 4, 5 & 7.The highest turnout precincts were in Wards 1, 2, 5, 6 & 8.Zina did best in Wards 3, 4 & 6.Paul Richards
...Guess we won't have to worry about her anymore! Good riddance!The dems have really shown poor judgment in allowing all of this to go forward. One withdrawal is excusable, but two?! They must've seen this coming...
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