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Usa, Washington, President Jimmy Carter At The Tribune

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Former President Jimmy Carter has asked the Republican candidate for Georgiagovernor Brian Kemp to resign from his position as Secretary of State in light of his race against Democrat Stacey Abrams

Mr Carter, himself the former governor of the Peach State, asked Mr Kemp to vacate his position since the office is in charge of monitoring election results.

In a letter made available to the Associated Press, Mr Carter cited his vast experience watching elections around the world through the Carter Center, an Atlanta-based human rights organisation: “One of the key requirements for a fair and trusted process is that there be a nonbiased supervision of the electoral process”.

The 94-year-old politician and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity wrote to Mr Kemp in what the AP called “less as a partisan who has endorsed [Ms] Abrams and more as the former president who’s spent the decades since he left the Oval Office monitoring elections around the world”.

More from Praise host and award winning columnist Solomon Jones

Hate dies in the light of exposure

This weekend, when I learned that someone had walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people, I thought of my Jewish friend, Susan Jacobs.

I met her 25 years ago, when she walked into the homeless shelter where I was living at the time. Like many of the men there, I was trying to purge the demons of my drug addiction. Sue stood in front of a room of mostly black men, and asked if we wanted to write for a newsletter that would advocate for the homeless in the voice of those who were experiencing it.

I volunteered, and more than two decades later, I’m a multimedia journalist, the author of 10 books, a radio host and commentator, and a leader in this city. But more than that, I am a friend of Susan Jacobs, and that has helped to shape my perspective on those who are not like me.

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