Tuesday, September 25, 2007


If you really want to know who's responsible for building the progressive movement in Watauga County, look no further than the man pictured here ... Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte and candidate twice for U.S. Senate (against Jesse Helms both times, 1990 and 1996).

It was Gantt's candidacy in 1990 that fueled the progressive Democratic network in Watauga (and in several other N.C. counties). That network gradually coalesced into a reform movement that came into full flower by the late 1990s.

Gantt's on our mind because he was given a lifetime achievement award Saturday night in Charlotte, much deserved for what he's done in Charlotte and much noted up here for how he gave us hope and helped us organize a fighting force for the long wars.

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