Recently the Black Voice News Editorial Board met with gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon at the request of long time San Bernardino Republican James Tate.
During the interview process, Simon laid out his platform and concerns for the State of California and how he would work to improve the African American community. He spoke of charter and magnet schools as alternatives to ailing inner-city schools and how they would allow Blacks and other families to choose the school that best suits their child. He was not able to fully explain how this would specifically elevate educational opportunities for those children deep within inner-city communities.
Simon also discussed how his platform supports the Black business community by reducing workers compensation insurance for small business owners.
Tate, who arranged the meeting, was surprised that a Black Democratic registered newspaper owner would take the time to meet with a Republican candidate. It was articulated by publisher Hardy Brown that the Editorial Board of The Black Voice News has a long standing history of meeting and interviewing candidates from all parties, races, and genders. However, the meeting with the Editorial Board does not guarantee endorsements for any upcoming elections. Bill Simon was in town to attend a fund-raiser and also met with the Editorial Board of the daily newspaper, The Press Enterprise.
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