Elections must scare off candidates

Tomorrow the Dayton Daily News will have a story about the 8 people applying for the Dayton Public School Board seat vacated by Jeff Mims.

Note- the school board only has 7 members (at least 2 more than necessary IMHO) and in the last election where there were 4 seats up- we only had 5 candidates (including 4 incumbents).

The only logical conclusion: elections scare off candidates.

Of course, once appointed to the board- you run as an incumbent and invariably win. Therefore- why do we bother to have have elections? (current members who were appointed first- are Stacy Thompson and Ron Lee).

The candidates are being asked to supply 3 letters of recommendation, a bio/resume and a letter of interest to the board on why they think they should serve. These are public documents- and the interviews, scheduled for 45 minutes each- are open to the public. How many of you are willing to dedicate the time to review that much info? The board calendar does not have these meetings- or the documents listed: http://www.dps.k12.oh.us/about-us/board-meetings.html

After a bit of digging- here is the link to the posting from December 28 for the applications- which were due last Friday- January 7 http://www.dps.k12.oh.us/news/archives/18/709/

Of the eight candidates, we have a cog in the political machine running from the Roberts clan, former candidate Bill Schooler- and a recent grad from Thurgood Marshall- as well as a Kettering teacher who lives in McPherson town and a few others- including my significant other, Teresa Lea Whitley.

I’ll post the link to the DDN story tomorrow– but, it would be nicer if each candidates info was posted online by DPS.

They are Malcolm Keith Sr., president of the Thurgood Parent Association; Len Roberts, former chief of staff for the provost’s office at the University of Dayton; Kristen Bodiker, a Kettering City Schools teacher; Kevin Scroggins, disease intervention specialist for Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County; Hazel Roundtree(sic), assistant director of Affirmative Action Programs at Wright State University; Wiliam Schooler, pastor of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church; Willie Walker, a 2010 Dayton Public Schools graduate; and Teresa Whitley, a user-centered designer for Elsevier Science.

Members of the school board will interview all of the candidates this week, district spokeswoman Jill Moberley said.

The interviews are expected to be held during special meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the district’s 115 S. Ludlow St. administration building, possibly in executive session.

via 8 seek Dayton BOE opening.

No matter who the School Board picks- the real question is why can’t we have this many choices in an election?

Note- the interviews have no reason to be held in executive session- they are not personnel issues- they are interviews of public people for a public position. We don’t need any more illegal secret meeting in Dayton.

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