However, the second black candidate, Margaret Cain
, who joined Democratic incumbent Rev. E.G. Hall in the 1984 election, belonged to the liberal Citizens Party.
...A law student at UVA, Cain failed in her bid for Council, drawing 1,713 votes.
Democrats charged that Cain
pulled black voters and female voters away from their candidates.
David Toscano, who would later serve as a Democratic City Councilor and mayor, ran Cain
Toscano disputes the claim that Cain
,s candidacy tanked Conover,s reelection bid.
,I don,t think there was block voting based on race in that election,, Toscano says of the possibility that black voters may have voted for both Hall and Cain
back in ,84.
Prior to the election, a mysterious flier supporting Cain
appeared in primarily black neighborhoods.The flier included a picture of Rev. Jesse Jackson with Cain
, and touted a Jackson endorsement, which said, ,Sunshine or rain vote for Cain.,
Rev. Jackson had never officially endorsed Cain
, and Cain
,s campaign said it hadn,t distributed the flier.
Controversy has revisited Cain
, and this time, authorities say she
had something to do with it.Cain, a lawyer in Charlottesville since the ,80s, had her law license revoked in November by the Virginia State Bar over allegations that she settled a client,s personal injury claim and then deposited the check into her own account.
According to the Bar, Cain
never notified her
client about the judgment.Cain
was indicted on Tuesday, February 18, by a grand jury on fraud charges in Charlottesville,s Circuit Court.