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Duluth chapter NAACP presidential election in controversy

DULUTH - Claudie Washington was re-elected president of the Duluth NAACP on Saturday, being named on 16 of the 26 ballots cast. But Classie Dudley, elected to the same post on Nov. 30 in an election that since has been voided by the national lead...

DULUTH - Claudie Washington was re-elected president of the Duluth NAACP on Saturday, being named on 16 of the 26 ballots cast.

But Classie Dudley, elected to the same post on Nov. 30 in an election that since has been voided by the national leadership, called Saturday’s election a “sham” and insisted she is still the president.

“I will be calling meetings now,” said Dudley, a University of Minnesota Duluth student. “I will be representing the Duluth NAACP as the president, and we’ll go from there. I’m confident that our membership is standing by me.”

Washington, the chapter’s president for more than 20 years, called for unity.

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