Committee interviews candidates
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.