Interview with Charles Butts

Great. Could you talk about the primary night, and we're going backwards, the primary in '67? What was, when, finally, it was announced first by the radio, that--by the TV that Stokes had lost, that Locher had won. Do you remember those details? If not, let's just talk about the victory that day.


Well, ah, on election night, primary election night in 1967, ah, it looked like it was going to be a close election. We certainly would have expected it to be. And we realized Lou Stokes, his brother, and I, that there was no one down at the board of elections that was really friendly to the Stokes organization. And we thought we should go down there and kind of watch over what was happening. So we did go down there and stayed long enough to, to come to realize that ah, it was going to be a, a Stokes victory, a pretty, pretty ah, sizable, substantial Stokes victory. So then we ah, we went back to the campaign headquarters. But it was a very difficult job even getting close to it. The campaign headquarters that I had opened months before ah, as an empty, barren place was now just surrounded by people far out into the street. And there was dancing in the street on Superior Avenue. And, certainly, that is a, a night to remember.