The Simkins PAC, a political action committee comprised in large part of black elected officials in Greensboro, is sending its slate of endorsed candidates to voters this week.
Their counterparts in High Point are also weighing in.
The recommendations of the Black Leadership Roundtable of High Point largely mirror the Simkins PAC’s preference, with notable exceptions in the state House District 60 and 12th Congressional District races, where the High Point committee understandably favors hometown candidates.
For the 12th Congressional District, the Black Leadership Roundtable of High Point endorses Marcus Brandon, who has cultivated close ties with the city through his current representation of state House Distict 60. The Simkins PAC endorses Alma Adams of Greensboro for that seat.
For state House District 60, the Black Leadership Roundtable endorses Cecil Brockman, a High Point resident and Brandon protege. The Simkins PAC endorses Earl Jones of Greensboro.
The Black Leadership Roundtable also endorses Bruce Davis for the 6th Congressional District, Skip Alston for state Senate District 28, Kay Cashion for Guilford County Commission at large, Carlvena Foster for Guilford County Commission District 1, Danny Rogers for Guilford County Sheriff, Lisa Johnson-Tonkins for Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court, Robin Hudson for state Court of Appeals and Kay Hagan for US Senate.
The Black Leadership Roundtable of High Point has been placed on inactive status by the state Board of Elections since April 2010 for failure to file timely campaign finance reports. As such, the committee is ineligible to receive contributions or make expenditures under North Carolina administrative code.
The committee’s last campaign finance report was filed by Bernita Sims, who is now the mayor of High Point, State Board of Elections correspondence to the committee as recently as April 14 is still addressed to Sims.
A July 2009 letter to the state Board of Elections appealing a $1,000 penalty assessment lists Bernita Sims and Talmadge Killens as the committee’s co-chairs, and Bruce Davis, Vicki Alston, Demetrious Gooden, Oveter McLean, Channel Jeffries-Reynolds, Dan Reynolds and Antione Stewart as members.
Sims wrote at the time: “We have experienced several changes in the organization that have impacted our ability to provide reports in a timely manner. Our organization has lost several key members over the last eight months which has resulted in late reporting.”
Review the PAC’s filing history with the state Board of Elections here.