What was your impression about local leadership?
From my point of view there was a dearth of local leadership. Ah, what I found is that people in the community seemed to be more interested in their personal goals and accomplishing, uh, meeting their personal ambitions. Ah, I've been somewhat community oriented and worked with people that were working on behalf of the community. So I found myself somewhat left out. I attempted to run for public office when I first got here and uh, people were upset at that, they viewed me as an outsider. Typically when I go places, I become very active with my people, as African-American I don't see myself as an outsider no matter where I go and the African-Americans there.