Com­mit­tee in­ter­views can­di­dates

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — The So­cial Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, a group of more than 100 com­mu­nity mem­bers that came to­gether in 2017 to ad­dress racism here, in­vited can­di­dates run­ning in this year’s elec­tions to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­views.

The SAC com­prises of a num­ber of sub­com­mit­tees, each with a spe­cific fo­cus to ac­tively dis­man­tle racism here in ar­eas such as ed­u­ca­tion, jobs and em­ploy­ment, pol­i­tics and com­mu­nity so­cial events and ob­ser­vances, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the group.

The SAC in­vited the can­di­dates run­ning for Kent County com­mis­sioner, the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and state’s at­tor­ney to be in­ter­viewed this week.

Each in­ter­view was con­ducted by two mem­bers of the SAC, us­ing a list of ques­tions re­lated to the topic of racism in Kent County and spe­cific to each elected of­fice. The ques­tions were de­vel­oped jointly by the SAC and the Kent County branch of the NAACP.

The in­ter­views were closed to the pub­lic, though the me­dia, in­clud­ing the Kent County News, was in­vited to at­tend. Youth mem­bers of the SAC video­taped the in­ter­views.

“All in­for­ma­tion we re­ceive from the can­di­dates is very im­por­tant as we make our vot­ing de­ci­sions. Our com­mu­nity has a his­tor­i­cal sys­tem of racism and com­mu­nity ex­clu­sion of our dif­fer­ent groups of cit­i­zens. It’s im­por­tant for the So­cial Ac­tion Com­mit­tee and the pub­lic to un­der­stand how the can­di­dates will work to dis­man­tle this sys­tem,” said SAC mem­ber Air­lee John­son in the re­lease.

John­son said the goal was to cre­ate a more re­laxed at­mos­phere for the in­ter­views, as op­posed to hav­ing the can­di­dates ap­pear be­fore a large au­di­ence.

“We chose a more in­for­mal ap­proach to our can­di­date in­ter­views in a very re­laxed at­mos­phere. Our hope is to re­ceive more re­laxed and thought-pro­vok­ing an­swers,” she said.

The So­cial Ac­tion Com­mit­tee holds its reg­u­lar meet­ings at 6 p.m. the sec­ond Tues­day of each month in Sumner Hall, 206 S. Queen St., Ch­ester­town. The meet­ings are open to the pub­lic.

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