2008-10-31 / Community

Williams To Run Unopposed For NAACP President

Officials Rule Evans Not Eligible To Run
By Howard Schwach

Ed Williams will run unopposed for the presidency of the NAACP next month. Ed Williams will run unopposed for the presidency of the NAACP next month. Ed Williams will run opposed in next month's election for president of the Rockaway chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Wave has learned, after Pastor Barrielevia Evans was declared ineligible by citywide organization officials.

"The question was not whether Pastor Evans is a member, but when he became a member," said Williams, the longtime leader of the Rockaway organization. "In order to be eligible to run for president, his membership would have to date back to April of this year. Evans joined in September."

Evans argued at the meeting that he had been a member since December of 2007, when he attended the organization's an nual dinner as the guest of his boss, Jeremiah Gaffney. At the meeting, Evans argued, those in attendance were told that they would automatically become members of the NAACP organization

if they attended. Gaffney, in a letter to the NAACP, said that he had no intent to make his guests members of the organization, however. "As I customarily do at your Freedom Fund events, I purchased a table for ten. Although I brought my staff with me as usual, it was not for the purpose of membership in the Far Rockaway branch [of the NAACP]." Williams told The Wave

this week that the nominations had been monitored by Karen Landing, the local organization's second vice president and Ken Cohen, the director of the Metropolitan Council of NAACP Branches.

"Pastor Evans was present at the meeting," Williams said. "He argued that he was eligible to run as a candidate, but he was informed by Landing he was not.

Therefore, Williams will run unopposed in the November 20 election.

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