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Demonte Alexander is a man of eclectic talents.
He is a political consultant, communications specialist, one-handicap golfer, former salsa dance instructor and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq.
In addition to his current work with the public-opinion polling group Bexar Facts, Alexander also serves as the political director for the Black Equity PAC, a political organization designed to recruit, train and fund African American candidates for political office.
Alexander was a guest on this week’s episode of the Express-News’s Puro Politics podcast, in which he talked about the impetus behind the Black Equity PAC.
“The Black Equity PAC was started on Juneteenth 2020, that’s coming off the back of the George Floyd killing (by a Minneapolis police officer),” Alexander said. “I think it’s just part of the call to action that culminated from a lot of people. I thought, ‘I can’t save the world, obviously. But what can I do within my community?’”
Alexander said he contacted a group of friends and people with whom he had worked on various projects. “I know they’re advocates for this kind of work,” he said. “And they all thought it was a great idea.”
The Black Equity PAC endorsed Rebeca Clay-Flores in her victorious 2020 campaign for county commissioner and Travis Wiltshire in his unsuccessful recent bid for the Alamo Heights School Board.
“I have this thing about endorsements,” Alexander said. “Usually, you get endorsements and they just come with a logo. I really want our endorsements to be purposeful, so when you say you endorse someone, it actually means something.”
Hear Alexander’s thoughts about San Antonio’s recent municipal election on the latest edition of Puro Politics.
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