Early voting for the May 17 primary opens Thursday, April 28, and one group still weighing in on who it thinks people should vote for is the Dr. George C Simkins Jr. Memorial Political Action Committee.
The group bills itself as “Greensboro’s Black Pac”, but is often referred to simply as “The PAC” and is well known for supporting African-American and very liberal candidates.
Well, now the PAC is back for the next ballot, and the group of prominent local black leaders has released their endorsements.
For the U.S. Senate this year, PAC is supporting Cheri Beasley, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and, in the U.S. House of Representatives, 6and District race, 6and District Congresswoman Kathy Manning got the green light from the PAC to keep that seat.
The Simpkins PAC, of course, also weighs in on local races, and when it comes to Guilford County candidates, the PAC is backing Guilford County District Attorney Avery Michelle Crump to keep her job and for the Guilford County Clerk of the Superior Court Lisa Johnson-Tonkins to stand in her place.
Crump and Johnson-Tonkins both win another four-year term if they win the primary because no Republicans have filed for either position.
In the overall Guilford County Board of Commissioners race, the PAC is supporting longtime Commissioner Kay Cashion, and in the District 7 Commissioners race, it endorsed Frankie T. Jones Jr.
Jones was chosen by the county Democratic Party earlier this year to replace former District 7 Commissioner Carolyn Coleman, who died.
The PAC also supports Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers. PAC support certainly helped Rogers win that seat four years ago when he ousted longtime sheriff BJ Barnes — who essentially held that job easily for a quarter of a century.
The Simkins PAC did not endorse candidates for the nonpartisan Greensboro City Council primary.
PAC endorsements are accompanied by the following message: “For our community, the Simkins Pac has sought out and interviewed the endorsed candidates listed below”,
He adds that all approved incumbents deserve an additional term based on their past performance. According to the PAC’s statement, “We have always been focused on the community, that will never change.”