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East County African-American Faith Based Community Makes Election Recommendations

by ECT

East Contra Costa County — Nine candidates running for various offices in East County received the recommendation from a coalition of African-American faith based leaders in the East County.

The need for the coalition and subsequent recommendation was brought about by the necessity to address the highly contentious state of race relations.  That, coupled with what has been called the most divisive political campaign season in the history of this country the coalition felt the need to act.

The coalition conducted interviews over a two period where all candidates who attended were asked their opinion on several issues. At the conclusion of  the interviews deliberations were held by the faith leaders, after which it was decided to urge the East County electorate to support the following candidates who have promised to best support the community:

  • Federal Glover for Supervisor District 5
  • Diane Burgis for Supervisor District 3
  • Sean Wright for Mayor of Antioch
  • Jelani Killings for City of Pittsburg City Council
  • Juan Banales for City of Pittsburg City Council
  • Monica Wilson for City of Antioch City Council
  • Lamar Thorpe for City of Antioch City Council
  • Laura Canciamilla for Pittsburg Unified School District Trustee

In addition to the recommendation above, the coalition also decided to urge all East County residents to support Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America.

The coalition as a unit is not affiliated with any particular organization, religious or otherwise. It is a non-binding association of religious leaders who live and serve in East Contra Costa County.

For more information or questions, contact Odessa Lefrancois at [email protected].

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Gary Gilbert Oct 13, 2016 - 9:15 am

So this so called “coalition” of east county faith leaders is encouraging voters to support Hillary Clinton for POTUS?

I guess the fact that Hillary and her campaign mocks Christian Evangelicals and Catholics and Hillary has stated multiple times that faith based religion has no place in our society and she wants to remove religious liberty in America means nothing to these Pastors? I don’t know what God these “pastors” are serving and worshipping but it’s definitely not the God of the Bible. Perhaps these alleged “men of God” can care less that their Savior Hillary is attacking Christian Colleges and University for their religious beliefs?

It’s amazing to me how Pastors, especially black pastors are so willing to sell their souls to a political party that has done nothing but “pimp out” the black community for decades. The sheer stupidity of blacks folks who continue to support and defend the Democratic Party that has, throughout history, treated our people like slaves on the plantation absolutely amazes me! Barack Obama was POTUS for eight years and he did NOTHING for the black community. As a matter of fact, he has made race relations far worse than any other President in the past 50 years! But I guess you black pastors and others “who kneel at the altar of Obama” will vote for Hillary like you were told so Barack won’t be “personally insulted and hurt his legacy”.

Do any of you really think Hillary Clinton will be the savior of the black community and improve your quality of life? Something that Barack refused to even try to do? Can the black community be this ignorant? I guess we will see on November 8th.

If Hillary Clinton is elected POTUS she WILL appoint Supreme Court Justices who will ignore our Constitution and erase religious liberty and freedom from our society. Congratulations east county faith leaders for encouraging voters to support the destruction of the Christian faith!

Courtney Daniel Oct 13, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Agreed 100% And locally, Glover has tried to impede on our religious organizations rights by trying to buy it through the county from under our noses. Whatever happened to the libs interpretation of “separation of church and state?” He’s also a baby killer. Any politician pushing shooting and anyone that supports them is a baby murderer just as guilty as the woman and the doctor.

Anon Too Oct 13, 2016 - 5:08 pm

Ms. Daniel – why is it that you complain about religious freedoms but call anybody who disagrees with your views a baby killer? If you don’t like abortions, don’t have one. Better yet, don’t ever get pregnant without the means to support the child until that child is at least 18.

How many of those un-killed babies have you or your friends personally adopted? I bet I can guess the number in one try.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we adopted a view point whereby your right to swing your fist ends at my nose?

I just love the irony that the party that claims to want to get government off our backs really wants to live in our bedrooms.

Courtney Daniel Oct 17, 2016 - 12:38 am

Anon, Tell me why libs are always trying to force your evil ways on us. Libs just passed laws trying to make Christian pregnancy centers refer clients to planned parenthood and the likes. We fight your laws because you try to impede our rights with them in a republic- which we are a republic, in case you forgot. Next you’ll be trying to make churches perform gay marriage and I’m sure this fake faith based coalition will endorse that too since they obviously have no idea what the bible really says…

Anon Too Oct 17, 2016 - 6:57 pm

Ms. Daniel – I’m not trying to force my way on you. I would never dream of dragging you to have an abortion.

How is forcing these pregnancy centers to provide information…oooohh…the danger…information…that abortions are available in California impeding your rights? Aren’t informed people better people?

Yes, I know this is a republic. We also have freedom of, and, by inference, from, religion.

I don’t believe that the current law requires any church that doesn’t support gay rights to perform a wedding for LGBTQ couples. I’ve been married to the same woman for over 30 years and if it ever does end, I will blame gay marriage for ruining things (that was sarcasm). I honestly don’t see what difference it makes. I don’t know anybody who defines themselves as gay that seems to have had a choice in the matter. No matter what you think, they can’t pray the gay away.

I have to admit that no, I have no idea what the bible really says. I don’t own one. I became an atheist at a fairly young age and I’m doing just fine, thank you.

Vic Oct 13, 2016 - 11:39 am

I am blown away with the hate and the state of how people approach politics right now. The root of the problem lately is that when someone disagrees with another they take it to the extreme and attack. As a Christian I look at this as a group of people that sat down and talked to these candidates to figure out which candidate has the intellect and character to support those communities that have less representation in politics. They aren’t saying that the other candidates were bad, all they are saying is that these candidates are their preference.

I challenge those folks that disagree to treat others as you want to be treated and stop attacking these people who put their neck out to serve their community. Promote those candidates you support in a more positive way showing why you think those candidates are your preference.

I will look at this endorsement and include it in my consideration for who I will vote for.

Jen Oct 13, 2016 - 7:18 pm

The Religion and Race card have no business in selling politics. I would not vote for any of those on the list, I have seen each one in action and it was disappointing. We need some change and go back to basics. Vote your heart and common sense instead of what an ethnic or religious self assigned speaker.

Karen Hughes Oct 18, 2016 - 6:42 pm

One a woman is pregnant, it is NOT just HER body. There’s is another life in it and it has to have representation … who speaks for the baby yet to be born? It needs and advcate!

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