(BALTIMORE – November 18, 2020) – Well, now that the US Presidential election is behind us, Baltimoreans can now look forward to Tuesday’s Baltimore NAACP Branch election. Already, there is a feisty spirit.
On one hand, President Kobi Little is seeking re-election to his second term. So, too, is Joshua Harris, the branch’s 1st Vice President.
Opposing Little is Will Hanna, a northwest Baltimore community advocate who has been a voice in the Park Height’s desert.
“Nobody’s been notified,” said Michael Johnson. Johnson, a longtime community advocate, said that it is his understanding that “you have to register to vote.”
With the National NAACP sending down a recommendation to branches that virtual is the way to go, this means that Baltimore’s digital divide could be an issue.
“What’s the voting process?”, asks Hanna. “Has the entire membership been notified? We can send out emails and post information on Facebook, but two-thirds of the membership are not digital.”
Hanna added, “In the last election, Kobi won with a meager 40 votes. How do you win with only 40 votes? In the election prior to that one with CD Witherspoon and Tessa Hill-Aston, both candidates garnered over 400 votes each.”
The community advocate said he wants to see the branch addressing more of the issues that matter.
Hanna said that he is frustrated with this process and that “we have to do something different. We can’t have storied organizations in Baltimore not addressing the issues we are facing as a community.”
Harris, who recently hosted a mayoral forum on behalf of the branch, told Bmorenews, “I think the work that we have done to stabilize the community over the past year, including our mobile education on COVID, the branch’s handing out of over 10,000 masks, our get-out-the-vote efforts – especially for our seniors, is indicative of the type of branch people want to be a part of.”
Harris, who is running un-opposed, said that their goal at the Baltimore NAACP Branch has been to “keep people safe and healthy and avoid putting them at risk.”