Challenger loses second bid for Missouri NAACP presidency

Monday, January 9, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. CST; updated 10:25 a.m. CST, Monday, January 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — For the second time, Mary Ratliff was elected to continue her term as president of the Missouri NAACP by only one vote.

And her challenger, Rod Chapel of Jefferson City, says he might contest the election results again.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Ratliff won a one-vote victory Saturday.

It was the second election for the NAACP presidency, after a similar result in September. Saturday's vote was under the control of Gill Ford, the NAACP national director for chapter compliance.

Challenger Rod Chapel said he is likely to contest Saturday's 29-28 result. He has tried since July to unseat Ratliff, who has held the presidency for 20 years. He says organization is not properly using technology and was not being aggressive enough in its advocacy.


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Ellis Smith January 9, 2012 | 9:46 a.m.

Shouldn't the caption read "Challenger loses..."?

Grammar, folks, grammar!

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Michael Williams January 9, 2012 | 10:31 a.m.

Ellis: Glad to see you're on the hunt for errors.

As for me, I'm holding out for the horrible error that occurs when the "l" is left out of the word "public".

I intend to jump all over that one and win a huge Missourian prize.

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Michael Williams January 9, 2012 | 10:34 a.m.


I'm especially sensitive to use of commas.

Consider the following difference:

"Let's eat, grandpa!"


"Lets eat grandpa!"

One would make me happy, and the other would make me run like hell. Big difference caused by a teeny-weenie comma.

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Joy Mayer January 9, 2012 | 11:48 a.m.

Grammar geeks to the rescue!

Did you guys see the websites Maggie offered up in this week's Dear Reader column?

Joy Mayer
Columbia Missourian

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Ellis Smith January 9, 2012 | 2:56 p.m.

Michael Williams:

What will receive my attention is when I see a reference to eating granddad ALONG WITH your misspelling of "public" in the same sentence. :)

We have a serious problem at University of Missouri System's second oldest campus: trying to spell the word "flagship," in reference to MU. It gets misspelled TWO ways. One misspelling involves a letter substitution while the other involves removal of one letter from the word "flagship." This has been going on for decades.

Our excuse is that engineers are notoriously bad spellers.

[Let's see whether this comment gets removed.]

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