Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Thoughts on Charleston County School Board Race

Why did Elizabeth Kandrac win when those who might have also questioned the district's problems lost? Here's an open thread for your comments.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm still wondering why Engelman lost as well. He seems to have been a stable force on the board and typically voted with common sense... maybe that's why... I don't know much about Oplinger, so maybe someone can enlighten me.

Anonymous said...

Two open seats. Two AA candidates. One white candidate. Name recognition. Race.

Anonymous said...

Good old fashioned dirty politics based on rumor and fear is my explanation. Add Altman to the ballot and he became a target in an already high profile election. The others just became collateral damage. Despite this being non-partisan, the two political parties are working openly for certain candidates. This only causes further partisan divisions. It really is ironic that the Democratic Party has gone out on a limb by backing the candidates they have. To some extent the Republicans have painted themselves out of the picture by never having gained any real influence on the school board. AR’s isolation on the current board proves the point. Why any political party would want to claim “ownership” of this board is beyond me. Maybe we should give out the personal contact information so parents with problems might be able to reach the party leadership and the mayor at home. They can’t expect Toya Green or Greg Meyers to be much help.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who you are 12:39 poster, but, you are one really smart person. You called this just like it is. You guys take care, it was fun posting with you, but, now I get to leave this alone. Thank you for creating this blog to allow us to vent.
Sandi

D20 Parent said...

Thank you, Sandi. To the pleasant surprise of some and to the great appreciation of others you have generously shared what you know with anyone who sought assistance. There will always be some who will only hear what they want to hear. You can't please everyone all the time, but reasonable people will at least try to start with areas where there is agreement. Our public schools are full of possibilities to start some good discussions. Through it all you have been more than willing to listen, assist and share. David has been just as helpful. Sincere thanks from many of us to you both.