Stephy Says 💋 I would like to take a brief moment to blog about my personal beliefs & observations during this sheriff campaign. These are a few events & instances that have been on my mind since they have occurred.
If this offends you, I will apologize in advance.
During the Franklin Fall Festival on October 5th, there were tents set up with the sheriff candidates: Wyche, Potter, & Turner.
I spent a great deal of my day, (about 3 hours) browsing and roaming the festival. While I was walking, I would glance & see Capt. Josh Wyche mingling with different individuals: individuals of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs. The smiles the he was met with reassured me that the community feels safe & comfortable while in his presence. With the growing rate of police brutality, this is essential.
As I continued browsing, while walking past the Potter & Turner tents & tables, I noticed that not one of them nor their campaigners approach me nor my family–as if we were invisible. We weren’t even met with a smile, a wave, or a friendly gesture. I’ll admit, this bothered me. Was I not worthy of speaking to? My vote should count too, right? After all, I am a registered voter.
In addition to that observation, I did not see a person of color as a campaigner or being recognized. This issue is important & noticeable to me. I observe the differences that I see, probably BECAUSE I’m a person of color.
As an African American, it is important for me to be seen & treated as equal & to not have other races seem “uncomfortable” with me, around me, or approaching me. In no way am I insinuating that neither Potter nor Turner are racist, however, it may be presumed because of the action, OR the lack thereof when they noticed people of other ethnicities at the event.
Recently, I saw a post on Facebook that endorsed Mark Turner with Evelyn Fancher -McKinney stating, “The good thing about retirement is that you can support the best qualified Candidate without fear of retribution. Also, anybody can study budgets and other reports, but Mark knows the County and the people that reside here. I’ll take the commonsense candidate any day over the power hungry. 🙂” (See Screenshot)
To which I responded, “Evelyn Fancher – McKinney unfortunately, as a lifelong resident of the county, I do not know Mark & he does not know me.”
These moments are vital because, during the Franklin Fall Festival, Mark Turner was presented with the perfect opportunity to introduce himself to me & get to know me as a resident of Southampton County, yet he failed to seize the opportunity. He allowed me, along with my family, to walk past his tent without so much of second glance.
The other concern is Mark Turner has been rallying his campaign by his campaigners & supporters taking personal attacks on Capt. Josh Wyche’s character rather than inform the community of what he could do to assist us and make the community a better place to live. If you have been paying any amount of attention to the campaign, there hasn’t been an instance in which Capt. Josh Wyche nor his endorsements have taken low blows at the character of either component. In the words of Former 1st Lady Michelle Obama, “when they go low, we go high.” These are the things that are important to pay attention to with meticulous detail.
During a Power Palooza, a free event open to the public, I remember the heat & humidity. It was scorching hot, yet Lt. Josh Wyche rallied with the people of the community & gave us his support during this event. He encouraged the citizens of the community, and spoke on the importance of voting overall. I do not recall seeing any other candidate, perhaps they were there and left before I arrived. Maybe, they were there and didn’t make themselves known. 🤷🏽♀️ Whatever the case may have been, I remember Capt. Josh Wyche standing in the heat with us & for us.
Capt. Josh Wyche has been genuinely taking time to acknowledge citizens of Southampton County & the City of Franklin. That’s why you should take your time & hit the polls on voting day.
Stephy Says 💋 take into consideration all things when you visit the polls on November 5th.
🚨Disclaimer: This post was not influenced or requested by Capt. Josh Wyche & does not represent his personal or political views. 🚨