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Susan Jetton, 2019 January 23

Identifier: OH-JE0619

Scope and Contents

Susan Jetton recounts her experience as press secretary for 1990 North Carolina senatorial candidate Harvey Gantt. She recalls meeting Mr. Gantt in the 1970s and her dedication to his senatorial campaign, which she describes as a "cause." Ms. Jetton describes the Democratic primary race against multiple candidates, including future North Carolina Governor Mike Easley. Ms. Jetton discusses the general race against incumbent Senator Jesse Helms, including his media tactics such as the famous "White Hands" ad. She also describes the patchwork quilt that made up Gantt's support base of African Americans, urbanites, the LGBTQ and Jewish communities, environmentalists, and artists around the country as well as Gantt's dedication to local media and his base. Ms. Jetton reflects on her disappointment in losing the Senate race and her overall positive experience working on Gantt's campaign.


  • Creation: 2019 January 23

Biographical Note

Susan Jetton was a 74-year-old woman at the time of the interview, which took place in Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Laurens, South Carolina in 1944. She was educated at the University of Missouri and Stanford University and was employed as a reporter, press secretary, and senior events manager for the UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Sciences.


70 Minutes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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