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Mr. Benston won the sheriff's election because of white and black voters. He acknowledged this in his acceptance speech. His campaign was ran by people of both colors. This is not demonstrative of racism. This is true democracy.

I do not know Mr. Ward personally, but it is unfair to say that Mr. Ward is upset that a black man has been elected. Mr. Ward may think that Mr. Benston is not the best choice for sheriff not because of color, but because Mr. Ward feels he is. This is Mr. Ward's right as a citizen of this county and this nation. This is true democracy. This is what makes Bladen Couty so great. Black and white citizens feeling as though they can serve the county best. We should feel fortunate not hostile. Mr. Ward is well with in the law to file at this time to run for sheriff. It was Mr. Benston's right and legal to file after the primary election for a runoff even though he did not win the majority in the primary.

Is it fair to say that Mr. Benston is racist and that he did not want a white man as sheriff, or he felt that he was the better choice? I hope for the sake of Bladen County he thought the latter when he filed for a runoff.

I am proud to be a citizen of Bladen County and I am proud of all candidates that have and are participating in the sheriff's election. It is not easy when comments are made so callus without the thought of others.

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