April 18, 2014
For the second time in two days, Chokwe A. Lumumba received a show of support for his stated commitment to women's issues.
Yesterday, attorney Regina Quinn, who competed in the April 8 special election, endorsed Lumumba's candidacy. She said she met with Lumumba and his rival, Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber, and felt that Lumumba had a deeper understanding of challenges women face. Gender-based pay inequity, she said, hurts families and, ultimately, the economy. Lumumba has proposed giving female city workers equal pay for equal work.
Lumumba said he would look to Ms. Quinn as an advisor and said he wanted women to have the same opportunities for city jobs, including top appointments.
Today, another group of women also announced their support of Lumumba.
"You can't possibly (support) a people's platform if you're not ready to run on a women's platform," he said today.
He credited his late mother, Nubia, with helping shape his attitudes toward women.
"If you knew my mother, you would know where my fire truly comes from," he said.