The Black Candidate 

What Charles Ramsey's bid for the state assembly says about the state of black politics

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Charles Ramsey could be the East Bay's best opportunity to send an African American to the Legislature for at least another six years. Proposition 45, if passed, would allow district residents to petition the state to let their incumbent legislators serve another four years. Since Alameda County voters always have despised term limits, Don Perata and Wilma Chan could remain locked in to their respective Oakland Senate and Assembly seats until 2008 and 2010.

Ramsey knows all the numbers. But he insists that this campaign isn't about race. He prefers Charles, remember? But if you want to vote for him because he's black, well, he certainly wouldn't discourage you.

Because, ultimately, he really would prefer being known as Assemblyman Ramsey.

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