Magazine article Black Enterprise

Blacks Jockey for Political Power: Upcoming Elections Attract More African American Hopefuls

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Blacks Jockey for Political Power: Upcoming Elections Attract More African American Hopefuls

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here has never been an African American representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate, but with Sen Paul Sarbanes, a 30-year veteran, stepping down in 2007, the door is now opening. And Kweisi Mfume, former NAACP president and Maryland congressman hopes to take advantage.

"The people of Maryland need and deserve a principled candidate that can't be bought and can't be bossed," says Mfume.

Mfume is one of several African Americans, both Democrat and Republican, gearing up for the 2006 elections. Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, 46, a Republican, is seriously considering launching his own campaign for Sarbanes' seat. Football legend Lynn Swann, 53, also a Republican, has hinted he might be making a bid for Pennsylvania's governorship, and Democrat Deval Patrick, a former U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Clinton administration, is wing for the same in Massachusetts.

The way Patrick 48, sees it, government has failed the average citizen. "They've given up on public [servants]," he says, hut he is hoping to change that. …

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