No easy votes from community

The news: By the Nov. 22 deadline, 20 people–”including seven African Americans, three Latinos and one Asian–”filed their petition to run for mayor. Behind the news: If voting patterns from recent citywide elections are any guide, none of the 11 minority candidates can count on easy votes from their respective communities, as minority voters did not always vote along racial and ethnic lines. In the two mayoral elections since 2000, none of the four black candidates earned more than 31 percent of the total votes from predominantly black wards. In 2003, Paul Jakes and Joe McAfee received 26.6 percent and 2 percent of the votes in these wards, respectively.