Lawrence Robinson Joins Race for Phoenix District 8 City Council Seat, Drama Follows

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The race for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- has been further complicated for those who are determined to keep that streak alive.

Phoenix School of Law professor and Roosevelt school district board member Lawrence Robinson, who's African-American, has announced that he's joining the race.

See also:
-Jarrett Maupin: White Candidate for City Council Is Attempted "Political Lynching"
-Pastor Warren Stewart to Run for Phoenix City Council's 8th District Seat

That complicates some things because we were told that several of the leaders in Phoenix's African-American community had agreed that Pastor Warren Stewart would be the Black candidate in the race, although several others, including Robinson, were considered.

A source with knowledge of that agreement told New Times at the time that people worried that Robinson would be seen as a bit too liberal for some of Phoenix's church-going and voting Black population. One specific divide was that Robinson's gay, and homosexuality isn't exactly embraced in Phoenix's Black churches, we were told.

Now that Robinson has announced that he's running, the LGBT-rights group Equality Arizona has already made a public statement against Stewart for making "homophobic remarks," although Stewart hasn't even made his candidacy official at this point.

Consider it no coincidence that Robinson used to be one of Equality Arizona's board members, but that's not the point.

Vice Mayor Michael Johnson is term-limited this year, and it wouldn't be surprising if his district now has more Hispanic voters than it did in 1992, when Johnson was first elected. This year's election has the 46-year streak of African-American councilmen representing District 8 in jeopardy, and several Black politicians in Phoenix are very concerned about keeping that seat, which several of them see as the African-American community's seat at the table in Phoenix politics.

People like Reverend Jarrett Maupin and former city Councilman Calvin Goode have already shared some criticism of the other current candidate in the race, Kate Gallego -- who's not African-American.

Now, with a Black candidate entering the race, and immediately attacking the other Black candidate, you can imagine why those trying to keep an African-American on the city council are not in the best mood at the moment.

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rasjscales
rasjscales

someone should convince pastor warren stewart to(do the right thing) and concede the district-8- city council seat to the winner of the race- kate gallegos- per The Bill of Rights- Separation of Church and State- it is obvious he is incapable of separating the influence the church has on him- from the potential influence he could have on the state- what is he ? a pastor or a politician - i perceive that he cannot be both pastor and politician- hypocrites- preach diversity- one minute- then the next minute- they preach don't vote for - kate gallegos- she is caucasian=white woman- (cant we all just get along)- holier than thou- word of mouth reverends-only one who is reverend-GOD- the creator and your only redemption-salvation- do the holier than thou- word of mouth reverends- equal themselves to GOD- im scared of you- if you do -equal yourself to GOD- 

idontgetpaid4comment
idontgetpaid4comment

Yep, let's pay candidates to trash others even before they even run. Guess who is fronting them?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

What amazes me is the lengths that African-Americans will go to show how "tough" they are but when confronted with even the smallest slight against them based the color of their skin (many times trumped up) by a non-African American they curl up in a little ball and start crying, then get mad, lose their composure and lash out in a emotional temper-tantrum!  What is it?  Are they men? Or are they mouses? (note: tongue placed firmly in cheek)

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