Voting is underway for a new candidate
to take over the house District 127 Seat. The seat was left vacant with the
passing of the late House Representative Quincy Murphy earlier this year. While
there is still time before the regular election, some community said they want residents,
here in our area, to know who their voting for.
The Richmond County NAACP chapter held
this forum at Mt. Zion Hill Baptist Church on Thursday evening. Leaders of the
group said they are urging people to make informed decisions at the polls.
There are three names are on the
ballot: retired educator Diane Evans, Brian Prince, who is retired from the
military, and Diane Murphy, a current educator and the widow of Quincy Murphy. The
race is non-partisan but all candidates are democrats and the candidate who
fills Murphy's seat will serve the remainder of his term, which is a little
more than a year.
"We lost a great leader in Quincy
Murphy, who represented us well for 17, 18 years and whoever fill this seat is
going to have a lot of work cut out for them because he was a man that's well
respected at the statehouse," said Dr. Charles Smith, president of the Richmond
County chapter of the NAACP.
"Though his widow is running - there's
a lot of pressure, there's a lot of stress but there are others equally
qualified to fill, that they too can bring something formidable and progressive
to the table."
The audience had a chance to ask many questions tonight.
Some of those questions dealt with education, the state budget and the economy.
NAACP leaders say it's imperative that every vote.
Early voting will continue until November first at the
Board of Elections office downtown.
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