lucius_gantt_1.jpgIt’s 2013 and Black people are already running for elected office in elections that won’t take place until 2014. Since President Barack Obama won his re-election race, more and more African Americans have become interested in seeking public office.

Everybody, it seems, wants to suck on the government breast. They want a government paycheck. They want government benefits. They want lobbyist-paid free lunches and dinners.
But most black candidates need black votes to win. What will a candidate have to do to get your vote?
Will you vote for a candidate who looks “black”? Will you vote for a candidate who acts black? Will you vote for a candidate who talks black?
Or will you vote for candidates who love black people and who will support the black community by standing up and speaking out on issues that are important to black communities?
Look for some black legislators to run against one another. Black commissioners and council members will run against one another. Even some black members of the same church will run against one another.
I will never be the one to say any person who seeks public office should not run but, with so many community candidates running against one another, criticizing one another and demonizing one another, how can we tell which black candidates are best?
Is the black candidate we know best the one for us or is the black candidate whom The Man knows best the one for us? Is the black candidate who has more campaign dollars best for us or is it the black candidate who spends money with black political professionals, black newspapers and black-owned radio and TV stations best for us?
Whichever candidates you like, don’t “like” them too fast. Blacks are always the first group of voters to endorse and support and the last group to benefit from endorsements.
Politicians of all races, creeds and colors oftentimes pose as our friends, pose as our leaders and pretend to have our best interests at heart, But, when they get into office, you can’t find them, never see them and never hear a word from them until the next election time.
To me, in a capitalist society it’s all about the Benjamins. I hate contributing money to political campaigns that give all of the money to devilish vendors who hate black people and only want to rip off  black candidates.
One thing about the upcoming elections that will always be true: There will be more Black candidates who will lose than there will be black candidates who win.
The losers will be unknown, unorganized, unprofessional and unwilling to give black voters the love, respect and appreciation that black people deserve.
Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing which is available at You can like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Gantt at