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Equality NC Public Announcement

My name is John Rooks Jr and I am one of your candidates for Ward 2 in Durham's ongoing City Council Elections.

On August 7th, I submitted responses to Equality NC'S candidate questionnaire. The responses I submitted were not my views and the leader I hope to be for the city of Durham, and I would like to address these concerns publicly. Seeking election has been an eye opening and demanding experience. As a first time political candidate, I relied on the support of someone that I thought would be helpful with completing the Equality NC questionnaire; I was mistaken. The responses I submitted had been altered and submitted without my final review. These responses were irresponsible and inconsiderate and hurtful. They did not and do not reflect my views on the rights that members of the LGBTQ and immigrant communities deserve. I am truly sorry for my oversight and the hurt that I have caused. I take full responsibility for this. I need my Durham community to know that I am committed to the rights of all people, namely those who belong to protected classes. Durham is the unique city that I love because of our valued LGBTQ and immigrant communities, and this is the city that I love and want to serve.

I am constantly evolving as a father, a husband, a man, and community organizer. While I am not perfect, I will always accept the challenge of learning from the mistakes that I make and I hope that you will allow me this opportunity. Because I am committed to truth and transparency, here are the steps I am taking in that regard: I sharing my Equality NC responses, I am continuing to have conversations with some members of the LGBTQ community and look forward to continuing those dialogues. I am also committed to doing the same with those within our immigrant communities. It is my hope that you will continue to help me on journey to advocate for the rights of all in Durham and beyond.

Thank you for allowing me to address my mistake.
John Rooks Jr.

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