“I’ve fought racism all my life and I’m fighting now. The Presidential choice is simple: it’s truth versus a cloud of lies, and black dignity versus a return to racism. I choose truth, black dignity, and
honest Joe Biden. ” – Joe Delpit
BATON ROUGE, La. - Three of Baton Rouge’s most prominent political and community leaders – Joe Delpit, W.T. Winfield, and Yvonne Dorsey Colomb – has announced their collective endorsement of Democrat Vice-President Joe Biden to become our nation’s 46th President.
The three also endorsed Cedric Richmond for re-election to Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, and Sharon Weston Broome for re-election to the office of EBR Parish Mayor-President.
Joe Delpit said, “I’ve fought racism all my life and I’m fighting now. The Presidential choice is simple: it’s truth versus a cloud of lies, and black dignity versus a return to racism. I choose truth, black dignity, and honest Joe Biden. This November, they’ll try to keep you from voting, so vote absentee or vote early.”
“Joe Biden’s deep friendship and working partnership with Barack Obama proves to me that his heart is right. He understands the painful problems that black families and our young people are facing, and his long career proves that he has the ability, wisdom and strength to lead us toward the light,” said W. T. Winfield.
“Out of all the people President Obama could have chosen to be his Vice President, he picked Joe Biden. When the man I admire most in the world has chosen someone, I know everything I need to know. Biden’s honesty, decency, experience in leadership, and love for our Lord are exactly what we need. Through our votes for Biden, the Lord will cast out Lucifer in the Flesh from the White House,” said state senator Yvonne Dorsey Colomb - Retired.
The group said they are endorsing Cedric Richmond because he has proven himself over his many years of service: eleven years in the Louisiana Legislature and five terms in the United States Congress. They note that during all of that time, his service has been honorable and Cedric has never lost focus on serving the people of our community. Cedric Richmond is also serving as co-chair of the Joe Biden for President campaign.
The three leaders endorsed Sharon Weston Broome in the EBR Parish Mayor-President’s race. They lauded her calm leadership safely guiding the city through more than a few turbulent moments over the past four years. “Now we need her and appreciate her more than ever,” said Yvonne Colomb. Joe Delpit said, “She’s proven her capability many times over and we know that she understands our community’s needs.” W. T. Winfield stated, “As a strong woman of God, Sharon is exactly the right person to lead our city today.”
Joe Delpit played an early role in Baton Rouge’s civil rights movement. In 1968 he became the first black elected to the EBR Metro Council (then called the City-Parish Council). He served in the Louisiana State Legislature for 16 years where he became the first black member to be elected Speaker Pro Tempore. A former president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP, Delpit is a prominent entrepreneur and owner of The Chicken Shack.
W. T. Winfield, a trained engineer, served 12 years on the Metro Council, four years on the East Baton Rouge Port Commission, 12 years on the East Baton Rouge Planning & Zoning Commission, and two years on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He is also chairman of the Capitol High School Alumni Association.
Yvonne Colomb served more than fourteen years in the Louisiana House, where she was elected Speaker Pro Tempore, followed by twelve years in the Louisiana Senate for District 14. For many of those years, Yvonne was the sole voice representing Baton Rouge during the state budgeting process. Oftentimes it was her argument alone that protected Southern University against constant attempts at merger and defunding.