Voters in three states get to vote again, plus some Virginians join in
Former Rep. Kwanza Hall is one of two candidates competing in runoff to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in Georgia.
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Voters in Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia already went to the polls in May to select the nominees for a host of fall elections. But those three states require a candidate to win a majority of the vote in order to advance to November, and in many races that didn’t happen.
So here we go again. Oh, and a small group of Virginians will get to pick nominees in Houses primaries that weren’t already decided by the parties. You see, Virginia has open primaries – except the parties have the option, on a race-by-race basis, of choosing their nominees in private conventions instead. And that was in the process in most races this year.
And Virginia has another quirk in that it holds state and many local elections in odd years, so the congressional seats and some other local concerns are the only items on the ballot today.
The headlining races are:
- The contest to be the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama.
- The Democratic runoff for lieutenant governor in Georgia.
- The Democratic battle for the secretary of state nod in Georgia.
- The Republican nominating races in Virginia’s 2nd and 7th districts.
Although Monday was June 20, it was the day we marked Juneteenth as a nation, commemorating the final emancipation of slaves following the Civil War.
GenUNITY’s Rebecca Reid and Jerren Chang called on businesses to do a better job of marking the holiday than some did on their initial attempts. They specifically cited WalMart for trying to make a buck by selling a Juneteenth-inspired ice cream flavor rather than promoting a Black-owned brand. Leaders need to think more about their actions, they write:
The practice of equity-centered leadership starts with creating spaces for community building, learning and reflection; elevating diverse, proximate leaders; and translating learning into strategic action. And, we urgently need more business leaders to invest meaningfully in this core competency throughout their organizations.
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They also addressed the theory of change that defines the bridging/depolarization movement writ large and whether a “new center” is developing.
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