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Black Political Caucus removes Colette Forrest as chair
Vote moves resignation to immediate
Published Friday, December 29, 2017 5:14 pm
by Herbert L. White

Colette Forrest's Dec. 31 resignation as Black Political Caucus chair was moved up to immediately by the conference's membership.

Colette Forrest’s time as Black Political Caucus chair is over, effective immediately.

Caucus members voted Thursday to make Forrest’s resignation immediate, bringing her tenure to an end three days ahead of her scheduled departure.

“I hope this isn't a sign of things to come,” said Forrest, who announced last week she’d leave on Dec. 31, 10 months into her two-year term. “To have an unofficial meeting to occur in the middle of the holidays, when so many of our 300 members are traveling was odd and then to change the familiar venue was odder still.”

About 40 conference members met at St. Luke Baptist Church, said Forrest, who added a caucus member alerted her to the meeting. The next scheduled meeting is Jan. 11.

“It was so odd,” Forrest said. "I step down on Dec. 31, so I don't exactly know what difference three days would make.”

A successor to Forrest wasn’t announced, but potential candidates include former Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board chair Arthur Griffin and former Charlotte City Council candidate Darrell Bonapart, the caucus’ Get Out The Vote Committee co-chair.

“We’re going to experience a lot of bumps in the road regarding where we’re going to go as a caucus,” Forrest said.

Forrest, who was named The Post’s Newsmaker of the Year, said she was leaving after accomplishing goals she set out for the BPC when she was elected chair in February. In addition to citing her desire to spend more time with her son Robert for resigning, Forrest intimated she wouldn’t caucus battles over the BPC’s focus and direction.

“The caucus is composed of unique individuals with interesting personalities and agendas,” Forrest said in a Dec. 28 Post article.

The BPC, long known for its candidate endorsements, expanded its role in Charlotte politics with Forrest as chair. The conference initiated metrics in its candidate endorsements, conducted forums for people interested in running for political office and hosted town hall meetings on police-civilian relationships. The results were sweeping, with every BPC-endorsed City Council candidate elected, including Vi Lyles as the first black woman to win the mayor’s office and approval of a $922 million school bond.

“We’ve gained so much ground,” Forrest said. “I'd hate to see it lost to internal strife among a small percentage of members and things not being done in proper order.”


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So they met @ a CHURCH in a rushed shady meeting when the majority of the members were away for the holidays to fire someone who was already stepping down within days. My BLACK folk as we enter the new year there must be a more Christian and fair way of conducting black folk business. This was shameful at every level and a disgrace in the house of the Lord.
Posted on January 1, 2018
Darrell Bonapart is the best choice. I will brting younger fresh ideas. The old way of doing things must change. Many older people are only concerned with having their name in lights. We need a new generation of fighters, and not the controlled folks.
Posted on December 31, 2017
I know a person who she was suppose to assist back in the nineties with a Civil Rights issue. A bank that Person worked for was discriminating against this person and white coworkers were calling this person several harsh racial slurs. Nothing come of the matter but life long grief of harassment and blackballing. If you are in a position you must represent the people and not make side deals.
Posted on December 31, 2017
I think the concern was several conflicts when working as a consultant for the other side. Like Westerly Hills had a town hall meeting about a proposed new development. There were alot of Black people in that meeting voicing their concerns to the developer. Collette a resident of the neighborhood is employed by the developer as a consultant on the project...hmmmm...
Posted on December 31, 2017

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