Boston declines Ward 2 debate

em>By Jana E. Pye, Editor,

A call for a debate for Darlington City Ward 2 by Elaine Reed in the March 9, 2016 issue of the News and Press was declined by Valarie Boston, one of the candidates for the council seat.

Shortly after a letter was printed, Anthony Hall, President of the Darlington County NAACP called the office of the News and Press and offered to host one.
On Friday, March 11, 2016, volunteers from Ms. Boston’s campaign called to decline the invitation.

Donald Gilliard, campaign manager for Elaine Reed, called the News and Press with his response. “It is important for the people of Darlington to know where she stands on the issues, and be able to measure these two candidates together side by side to see their demeanor, to see their knowledge of the issues as it relates…this is a serious job, as Darlington tries to move forward.”

The following is the response from Valarie Boston, sent to the News and Press on Friday, March 18, 2016:

“Participating in a “not perfect” forum is not intriguing. I’m motivated more by perfecting the City of Darlington. This request is deflecting from what matters most, which is my clear ability to focus on solving issues; rather then engaging in trivial dialogue.”

The Ward 2 election is April 5th, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to fill the seat held by Mayor Gloria C. Hines.

Read interviews with both candidates for this seat in the March 30th issue of the News and Press.

Author: Duane Childers

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