Our community should not fall prey to the partisan and politically-funded movement aimed at school boards that is sweeping across our nation. Our School Board members are volunteer servant leaders who work together with professional educators and parents to foster our district’s vision: "Each student, every time, empowered to succeed.” These local positions were never intended to be and should not ever become partisan roles.
Municipalities are faced with complex day-to-day issues affecting actual people that require a reasoned, pragmatic approach. No ‘side’ has a monopoly on good ideas and we must all work together to solve the problems that affect our community.
It has come to our attention that additional partisan political parties are getting involved in the special election for the School Board that was prompted by the recall effort. Whether we like it or not, there are people and organizations that are paying attention to this election across the country.
The Coalition to Support MTSD is not involved with their efforts in any way. The incumbent candidates have also repeatedly turned down partisan party offers of assistance. We have no control over other groups that choose to get involved. We can only govern our own actions. We have been steadfast in our stance that outside influence is detrimental to our local government and we will continue to advocate and demonstrate that position. The Coalition to Support MTSD has not and will not accept support, endorsement, or any assistance from either party.
On Monday evening, you have a chance to ask the candidates themselves about whether they have accepted outside backing – in person. Look them in the eye and ask them why they are a board member and how being non-partisan is part of that. Ask us.
Preserve our city and village. Make sure your friends and neighbors know what is really behind the extremism of the recall. Keep local elections non-partisan. The first step is to re-elect the incumbent school board members, Hollander, Khan, Schultz, and Francour!