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Gainesville, Fl: White Candidate Fails to Show At Democratic Black Caucus Forum

Gainesville City Commission candidate, Helen Warren was a last-minute no-show at the Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus forum for the Gainesville commission at-large seat.

Cynthia Chestnut as "Uncle Tom"
Cynthia Chestnut as "Uncle Tom"
Helen Warren

Alleging she was "suddenly" out of town, Warren failed to inform the Black Caucus that she had arranged for former Alachua County Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut to sit-in for her.

This late news was in contrast to Warren's previous day's confirmation to Black Caucus leaders that she would attend the forum.

Chestnut arrived in the audience early, but only informed the forum organizers that Warren was "out of town" at the last minute - a tactic that opens up her checkered reputation to accusations as the "Uncle Tom" servant of the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee (ACDEC) white majority.

The forum was attended by a large majority of Annie Orlando supporters with only a few - mostly white - ACDEC members.

Emerging Pattern of Racism in the Alachua County Democratic Party

In 2013 dispute between members of the same party democrats versus democrats became heated.

The ACDEC wanted to revoke the Black Caucus charter on the basis of their support of a non-Democratic candidate in a non-partisan race.

Robert Prather the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee Chair said, ”They have been in clear violation of the rules and the rules of the state black caucus and as the county chair of the democratic party, the responsibility to hold ourselves and our organization to the rules clearly falls to me.” *** Complete article and VIDEO