Deeds Rallies Voters in Local African-American Community

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

October 28, 2009

With election day less than a week away, Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds visited Charlottesville Wednesday to address African-American community leaders and do some last-minute campaigning.

President Barack Obama joined Deeds in Norfolk Tuesday, hoping to spark his struggling campaign, and Wednesday Deeds met with local African-American leaders at Mel's Cafe in Charlottesville. He addressed issues like the economy, restoration rights, and paying for college.

In addition to tackling some issues, Deeds also asked local politicians, pastors, and business owners in the African-American community and throughout Charlottesville to help spread the word about the importance of getting people out to vote next Tuesday, November 3.

"Unless we demand the right things from government, we get what we deserve. Unless we turn out at the polls to vote on Election Day, we're letting other people make decisions for us," said Deeds.

Wednesday morning's stop at Mel's Cafe was not his only stop of the day. Deeds also visited the Downtown Mall to talk about small business and his plan for creating jobs in the Commonwealth.

Although he trails Republican hopeful Bob McDonnell by as many as 15 points in the latest pre-election polls, Deeds says he is not too worried about those numbers. The only numbers that matter, according to the Democratic hopeful, are those that come in next Tuesday night.

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