North Carolina-Roque de la Fuente-March 15

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-March 15

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

I voted early last week in light of today’s North Carolina primaries. I am a registered as an unaffiliated  voter which means during a primary I can choose which primary ballot to receive. My choice in 2016 was Democratic so I could vote in one particular race that I had a strong opinion on.  There are always names on the ballot for state races I have never heard of. It is not often that you come across a name for President of the United States you haven’t heard of but it happened to me.

Roque “Rocky” de la Fuente  name on the North Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary ballot made me wonder who are you?

When I found a photo of Rocky that didn’t help me either-no name recognition-no “hey I recognize that face” who is Rocque “Rocky” de la Fuente and how did he get on the North Carolina ballot?

Photo below of Mr. de la Fuente


His name got on the ballot because he used a rarely attempted method for getting added to the list. He submitted a petition with at least 10,000 signatures from registered North Carolina Democrats.

His strategy worked not only in North Carolina but nearly 20 other states.

De la Fuente is well known in San Diego, California as a real estate developer, car dealer and banker. He describes himself as a “conservative Democrat” who supports a flat tax and immigration reform. Most of his campaign materials are in both English and Spanish.

Getting signatures is apparently not easy to do. Democrat Willie Washington a Chicago businessman and gospel singer could only muster 75 signatures that is a far cry from the 10,000 needed.

I think at the end of the day in North Carolina  Roque “Rocky” de la Fuente is going to run into Apollo Creed disguised as Hillary Clinton.

If you listen really carefully you might hear Rocky  repeating a scene from the movie after the votes are tallied in North Carolina.




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