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Election 2015: NAACP chief to endorse after April 16 forum

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
April 2, 2015 at 11:47 a.m.

The president of Longview NAACP said late Tuesday he would likely openly endorse a candidate for mayor after the organization's candidate forum on April 16.

"I will declare my choice on April 16 after the NAACP candidate forum and invite you to vote alongside me for that candidate," Branden Johnson wrote.

Johnson posted the message publicly on Facebook saying that candidates in the District 1 and District 5 races had distinguished themselves from their opponents and that Nona Snoddy, who is running unopposed to assume the District 2 seat, is "my favorite candidate elect of all."

The NAACP is a nonpolitical group and, as such, will not endorse a candidate in the race to replace Mayor Jay Dean, who will leave the council in May due to term limits after 10 years.

Johnson said the coming election was one he was disinterested in.

"I guess I am not seeing distinct differences in the two front running mayoral candidates," he wrote

Former Councilman Andy Mack, District 5 Councilman Richard Manley and G. Floyd are seeking the office.

Floyd has not actively participated in the campaign process.

The NAACP Forum will be at the Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and will begin at 6 p.m.

The NAACP forum will focus on city of Longview and school board races, and will be moderated by Eneatra Allison.



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