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This chapter traces the Panthers’ engagement with electoral politics in the mid-1970s. It looks at Bobby Seale’s mayoral campaign and Elaine Brown’s run for Oakland City Council on the Democratic Party ticket and how the BPP mobilized resources to register voters. It traces Huey Newton’s decline into drug use and the impact that his growing insularity had on the organization, especially around the question of maintaining discipline and voicing dissent. Several key leaders, such as Ray Masai Hewitt, Bobby Seale, and David Hilliard, leave the organization in this period.

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