Wicomico has elected African Americans

I read your editorial with interest about voting rights choice for voters in Wicomico County ("Wicomico's voting rights choice," June 3). I am not responding to express any views on the editorial but to focus on the sentence that says no African American has ever been elected to at-large districts under the 5-2 system (with five single-member districts and two council members are elected at large) or to "any other county wide office."

If you go back in our history to probably the early 1970s, Emerson Holloway, a highly-respected African American educator, was elected to the Wicomico County Council when there were five seats, all elected at large. Unfortunately, Mr. Holloway only lived for two years after his election. I knew him well and was fortunate to have his lovely daughter Carol as a student at Wicomico High School where I was the principal. She also left us at a young age.

Judge Norma Barkley is a respected African American lady and a friend of ours who has been elected to our Orphans Court for years and is also elected at large. She is currently serving on that court and will probably remain there as long as she wants. Incidentally, she serves as the chief judge as well.

In addition, African Americans have been elected to the Democratic State Central Committee which is also a county wide election. I cannot respond for our local Republican Central Committee.

So, Wicomico may need revisions in its election process but for you to state no African American has ever been elected at large is incorrect.

Anthony Sarbanes, Salisbury

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