Guest post by Rodney Jordan
In the City of Norfolk, there are six candidates vying for two city council seats. Given the opportunity to vote for the two best candidates of my choice, I would vote for one candidate who happens to be black and another who happens to be white. But, alas, in Norfolk voters do not have such a choice. The wards in Norfolk are racially districted. Therefore in the superward election nearly 69% of voters in ward 6 are white; nearly 64% of voters in ward 7 are black. The candidates vying for the ward 6 seat are all white and the candidates for the ward 7 seat all black (per our “racial” classification system)… and so it has been for almost 20 years.
Candidate positions on quality of life, education, economic development, size and role of government, and how to make all of Norfolk more competitive, et. al. — those issues are secondary.
Vote your “race” and may the best white candidate in ward 6 and black candidate in ward 7 win.