Claudette Hammond, a candidate for the Plantation City Council, has injected race into the discussion of blue bags, tax rates and traffic problems. In a mail piece hitting voters this week, Hammond pleads with African American votes to support her. Under the heading “Did You Know?” Hammond writes “There are 9,550 Registered Blacks/African American Voters in Plantation!”
Hammond states, “In 2011 only 714 (1.2%) of African Americans Voted! In 2013 only 609 (1%) of African Americans Voted!” Hammond neglects to mention Plantation turnout is always poor due to holding elections in March. During the last election, fewer than 6,000 residents voted.
Hammond continues, “Great sacrifices have been made to ensure your right to vote! Don’t waste this right!” During a Tuesday candidate forum at the Plantation Woman’s Club, Hammond made no mention of this racial argument. So why is Hammond playing the race card?
Her husband. Eric Hammond has been a perennial candidate for the Plantation council. This year, Mrs. Hammond has picked up the family’s political gaunlet. In 1999, Eric Hammond praised the support he received from white voters. “I got a lot of white votes and that is because of the political sophistication of the people of Plantation,” Hammond said.