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for Independent Weekly Vol. 8 Issue 17, April 26 - May 2 1990
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Bo Thomas a wealthy fruit-and-vegetable distributor and state legislator from Hendersonville, NC is attempting to become the Democratic Party’s nomination for US Senate. If he is chosen in the primary, Thomas will run against US Senator Jesse Helms for the NC seat. Thomas is an experienced lawmaker unafraid to make bold statements. His comments and attacks on opponents will either help him win support or stop his campaign before it starts. Thomas and his work as a politician and progressive Democrat focused on environmental protection and social issues are profiled.
Durham County is planning to build a $44 million dollar new jailhouse to open in 1993. This is in response to a lawsuit which ruled overcrowding in the current jail violated the civil rights of inmates. Opponents say the jail is too costly and improving the justice system would be wiser. Reducing bail and speeding up trial dates would save money for other priorities like education.