The John Owens campaign

The Clarion Content has long had an affinity for stirrers of the pot. In the 2008 Presidential campaign when we heard Barack Obama referred to as a community organizer, we didn’t see that as a slur, but rather a compliment. We believe complacency of the community is among the biggest threats to our individual liberties.

That said, this is not an endorsement. We were sent this video about Durham County Commissioner Candidate John Owens. His message to the establishment is radical.

From his video tag:

Elections in Durham County aren’t what they seem. Powerful local PACs, individuals, and newspapers decide who you get to know about, and who gets a good shot at running. Candidates are even told they need to “Wait their turn because other people have been waiting in line for years” to get these seats. What, really? Yes. Really

The Clarion Content has absolutely seen some evidence of machine politics at work in Durham to our collective detriment.

It is quite last minute, as the last day to vote is tomorrow. But if you haven’t met or heard from Team Owens (the green signs) yet. Here is the link to his site.

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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