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Charles Francis - More of the Same

Through his actions, Charles Francis has made a point of associating himself with a certain group of current Raleigh City Councilors: Stef Mendell, Russ Stephenson, David Cox, and Kay Crowder. The first time I saw this was on the campaign kickoff announcement for Stef Mendell:

Notice the first name on the list above is Donna Bailey. I will come back to her. There is also this picture from David Cox's campaign kickoff. While I can't be 100% sure that Charles is the person in the foreground of the picture, I'd say it's a safe bet. Russ Stephenson and Donna Bailey can be seen standing together on the other side of the room.

Most recently, Charles has announced a campaign event that is going to be hosted by Donna Bailey. For those that don't know Donna, she is the chair of the Hillsborough-Wade CAC and a very ardent and vocal supporter of Russ, Stef, David, and Kay (as can be seen above). Donna would not be hosting an event for Charles if she didn't believe he would be on their side.

I posted this event announcement on Twitter and Charles responded. He claims that even though he is "cordial" with current council members, he is running his own campaign. In this case, I think actions speak louder than words and to many, it seems very obvious what side of the table Charles would fall if elected. I will post some of the Twitter conversation below, or you can see it all on Twitter, @rfrikard.


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