In addition to Rep. Harold Ford in Tennessee, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in Maryland, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell in Ohio, and Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania, there are two other individuals seeking a governorship or a US Senate seat. I just found this out in this recent video that I got from Yahoo.
In Massachusettes a black man might be elected governor. His name is Deval Patrick. In Mississippi a black man ir running for the US Senate named Erik Fleming. The video mostly focuses on Mr. Patrick.
Here's what bothers me about this article though, this is only minor but I'll mention it anyway.
Access to an Ivy League education
I just have to ask why this is considered important. Wealth OK, clout OK, or broaden appeal OK. Let's just state that an Ivy League education shouldn't be the one thing that will make you more electable. And that's not to say that I don't like those individuals who go to an Ivy League whether undergrad or for a graduate degree. Indeed more power to them if they can actually get accepted to such an institution.
They even interviewed the first black elected governor, Douglas Wilder of Virginia who is today the Mayor of Richmond. He did say about being the only black governor...
It's a distinction I'd like to lose.Well I hope he does. I hope in their quests that Patrick, Blackwell, and Swann are sucessful in their bids.