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Hillary Clinton has secured a major endorsement from a wide-ranging group of prominent politicians that could help her solidify the all-important Black vote in the 2016 presidential election: Fifty current and former African American mayors have rallied to offer Clinton their enthusiastic support.

Representing states from California to Florida, more than 50 current and former African American mayors will be key advocates in their communities for Clinton’s agenda and will help build grassroots support that will enable her to win their state’s respective primaries and caucuses.

The endorsements of so many Black mayors cannot be underestimated in an upcoming presidential election where the Black vote could make or break a candidate’s aspirations for the White House.

It’s also a shrewd move by Clinton to lock-in pledges from Black mayors across the nation 14 months before the election.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of more than 50 African-American mayors across the country,” Clinton said in a statement Tuesday. “Mayors are on the front lines of many of our country’s toughest battles.  They’re fighting to create jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, stop gun violence, and eliminate the inequities that tear communities apart.  From the biggest cities to the smallest towns, what happens at the local level often leads to national change. And I’m proud to stand with them today, because mayors are critical to growing our economy and strengthening our country, one community at a time.”

Some of the mayors who have endorsed Clinton include, Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, PA.; Mayor Michael Butler of Orangeburg, SC; Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee, AL; Mayor Brad Sellers of Warrensville Heights, OH; Andrew Young, former Mayor of Atlanta, GA; and Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, GA.

“Hillary Clinton is clearly by far the most qualified person running to be the next president of the United States,” Mayor Nutter said in a statement. “Her record of service in Arkansas, Washington, DC, New York and on behalf of the nation is clear and distinguished, her commitment to children and families is outstanding, her relationship with Mayors and other elected officials is one based on trust and keeping her word and her focus on leading America into a future of prosperity and helping people to change their lives is bold and strong. I support Hillary Clinton because she’s an effective leader for America.”

According to a Clinton senior campaign aide, Tuesday’s announcement comes as the campaign is ramping up its “African Americans for Hillary” launch next week. The African Americans for Hillary launch will highlight issues important to the African American community including a criminal justice platform, and help strengthen Hillary’s support in the community in Southern states with African American populations.

Over the last month, the aide said, Clinton has engaged and met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus during their annual conference; traveled to a number of states with March primaries (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio) that have large African American populations; had a conference call with African American mayors to highlight her commitment to their priorities and values; met with members from the Black Lives Matter movement, participated in a number of interviews, including the Tom Joyner and Al Sharpton syndicated radio shows, where she discussed criminal justice reform, among many other topics important to the community.

“Hillary Clinton has a heart for service and has spent her entire career working to expand opportunities for all Americans,” said Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, GA. “As a champion for women’s rights, thoughtful diplomacy, criminal justice reform, commonsense immigration policies and a clean energy economy, she has proven that she is the most capable candidate to lead our country.  The City of Atlanta needs a partner like Hillary Clinton in the White House to continue supporting investments in infrastructure, transportation solutions, and expanding economic opportunities for working families. I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for President.”

 

With so many African American mayors now standing with Clinton – mayors who will work hard to make sure their Black constituents vote for her – it’s hard to imagine how any other Democratic candidates can play catch-up to win-over enough Black voters to take the White House.

What do you think?

Below is the list of African American Mayors who support Clinton:

 

  • Michael Aiken, Mayor of Vance, SC
  • Lovith Anderson, Mayor of Lake City, SC
  • Bill Bell, Mayor of Durham, NC
  • William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, AL
  • Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC
  • Alexander Boyd, Mayor of Bishopville, SC
  • Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, NY
  • Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, CA
  • Michael Butler, Mayor of Orangeburg, SC
  • William Capote, Mayor of Palm Bay, FL
  • Blain Crosby, Mayor of Bamberg, SC
  • Terrence Culbreath, Mayor of Johnston, SC
  • Bobby Davis, Mayor of Marion, SC
  • David  Dinkins, Former Mayor of New York City, New York
  • Charles Duberry, Mayor of Lincolnville, SC
  • Vernon Dunbar, Mayor of New Ellenton, SC
  • Johnny Dupree, Mayor of Hattiesburg, MS
  • William Euille, Mayor of Alexandria, VA
  • Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee, AL
  • Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Rodney Giles, Mayor of Andrews, SC
  • Gregrey Ginyard, Mayor of Jenkinsville, SC
  • Marion Glenn, Mayor of Bowman, SC
  • Jacqueline Goodall, Mayor of Forest Heights, MD
  • Miriam Green, Mayor of Awendaw, SC
  • Wayne Hall, Mayor of Hempstead, NY
  • Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, CT
  • Barbara Hopkins, Mayor of Sellers, SC
  • Sylvester “Sly” James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO
  • Jefferson Johnson, Mayor of Eutawville, SC
  • William Johnson, Mayor of Holly Hill, SC
  • Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond, VA
  • Mark Mallory Former Mayor of Cincinnati, OH
  • Adrian Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ
  • Malinda Miles, Mayor of Mount Rainier, MD
  • Glenn Miller, Mayor of Branchville, SC
  • Samuel Murray, Mayor of Port Royal, SC
  • Svante Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY
  • Julia   Nelson, Mayor of Manning, SC
  • Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
  • Doug Palmer, Former Mayor of Trenton, NJ
  • Jesse Parker, Mayor of Greeleyville, SC
  • James Perkins Jr., Former Mayor of Selma, AL
  • Jannquell Peters, Mayor of East Point, GA
  • Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Terence Roberts, Mayor of Anderson, SC
  • Geraldene Robinson, Mayor of Eastover, SC
  • Brad Sellers, Mayor of Warrensville Heights, OH
  • Anderson Taylor, Mayor of Estill, SC
  • Harold Thompson, Mayor of Union, SC
  • George Wallace, Mayor off Hampton, VA
  • Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, NY
  • Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton, MA
  • Patricia Watson, Mayor of Wellford, SC
  • Wellington Webb, Former Mayor of Denver, CO
  • James Williams, Mayor of Ridgeville, SC
  • Dennis P. Williams, Mayor of Wilmington, DE
  • Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, Mayor of East Palo Alto, CA
  • Andrew Young, Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA

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13 thoughts on “50 Black Mayors Throw Support Behind Hillary Clinton

  1. George on said:

    As far as the worst president , that honor goes to George w bush who allowed 911, invaded Iraq and totally destabilized the Mid East , creating Isis and took a trillion dollars from our social security to pay for it. As for Hillary, show me something other than talk about ur hubby being the first black president who actually help create the carceral system that incarcerated so many black males today, an on an on!

  2. Timekeeeper on said:

    Why do some accuse these men of not doing their homework? Every time we hear people of color vote democrat automatically they are accused of simply reacting. This is a political throw away line the GOP uses all the time and everyone buys it. That may not be the case at all. This is not the case for most despite this rhetoric. As for Biden, the longer he waits tells me his heart really isn’t in it. But that is another whole story completely. We never, ever hear of white people voting for a candidate simply because he or she is white, yet they do it all of the time. The entire right wing, and the Tea party was created for that purpose. It’s also the reason gerrymandering was created to redraw districts so that they can continue to vote for one another and monopolize the system. Yes, I know some GOP candidate will say a few good things every now and then, , but they will at the very same time say and do horrible things also. When people of color vote, they like anyone else votes for the man ( or woman) based on who they feel will best serve the U.S. regardless of political affiliation. So throwing or lumping people into one category while convenient, is in some ways just as stereotypical as we claim white people treat us.
    When I hear bougi colored folks repeat these lies and buy into this rhetoric they might as well stand behind gov. Wallace on the steps of the Alabama state house when he cried segregation now and forever. If you honestly believe the GOP has your best interests at heart, go for it! But then don’t disparage others because they see and feel otherwise. I am quite skeptical of a party that repeatedly says that Obama is the worst president in the history of this country, and supports this birther nonsense, and wants to take away voting rights. That is the kind of garbage and hateful rhetoric I nor anyone should put up with regardless of how good they may sound on another topic. In my opinion that is both racist and bombastic. And also a flat out lie to boot. And quite frankly,if folks here think that those sentiments are okay then they are worse than the people who say Every person running for president should have some decorum or deceny about themselves. . That, and that alone is what they should be running on.

    • Yeah I feel the same way when I hear those Democrat “throw-out lines” like
      Takeaway your voting rights, GOP hates women, GOP wants to starve your children,
      If you oppose Obama care you want to push grandma off a cliff
      They sure lump Republicans into one group
      actually Jimmy Carter was the worst President in recent times as far as Obama hum
      BAW just had a story about rising the debt ceiling as far as whites not being accused of voting for the candidate only because their white Cythia McKinney (D) GA did so after her loss, but I agree with the voters had more to do with her asinine and embarrassing comments ….speaking of the south since George Wallace was a Democrat I sure wouldn’t have stood behind him but like Hilary and Bernie if he had promised free stuff
      I’m sure there were many who would

  3. specialt757 on said:

    I guess if 50 people says someone is the right one, then surely, it must true. Right? **if you didn’t know that was sarcasm**

  4. Timothy Green*–FYI–I do my homework before I decide to cast my precious vote!!!!!

    I almost did not vote for President Obama because I did not believe this country would ever elect a man of color. However, at the last minute on election day of 2008 I crossed party lines and voted for him.

    I don’t know what minorities you are referring to when you talk about folks “throwing away their votes.”

    • He speaks of fellow AA’s who vote for a candidate #1 because the candidate is a Democrat 2# because some media personality told them to and #3 because of the same old “this is the most important election in your life vote for me and I will GIVE you prosperity, because unlike you too many of us don’t do our homework and just vote for the reasons above

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Linda FYI if you research your candidates then obviously i wasnt referring to you … my mention of throwing away votes ment that if someone knows your going to vote for them regardless then why do they need to “bother” addressing the issues that affect you

  5. Someone please tell me why these fifty mayors are supporting Hill?????????????????
    She could care less about the working class, let alone people of color!!!!!

    I wish Biden would get off the fence and declare his candidacy!!!!!

    • Timothy Green on said:

      Linda you answered your own question, because Biden is sitting on the fence.. personally though, i feel they should have waited, with the election soooo far out an endorsement like this shouldn’t have been rushed, minorities need to stop “throwing away their votes” so easily

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