Election Candidates – Shaughnessy For Congress http://shaughnessyforcongress.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:27:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4.png Election Candidates – Shaughnessy For Congress http://shaughnessyforcongress.com/ 32 32 To tell about? Wisconsin counties wrap up election campaigns https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/to-tell-about-wisconsin-counties-wrap-up-election-campaigns/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:27:00 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/to-tell-about-wisconsin-counties-wrap-up-election-campaigns/ correction: Fixes that the US Senate race qualifies for a recount. This just falls outside the legal requirement. MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Elections Commission announced Monday that all 72 counties have completed their filings. Now, candidates in the statewide close races have until Friday, Nov. 25 to request a recount. The only race […]]]>

correction: Fixes that the US Senate race qualifies for a recount. This just falls outside the legal requirement.

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Wisconsin Elections Commission announced Monday that all 72 counties have completed their filings. Now, candidates in the statewide close races have until Friday, Nov. 25 to request a recount.

The only race that qualifies for a recount is the Secretary of State race between Doug La Follette and Amy Loudenbeck. Loudenbeck conceded the race on Monday, 13 days after the election, when unofficial results showed it trailing by 7,660 votes, or 0.3%, as counties submitted their verified returns to the WEC.

The US Senate race between Ron Johnson and Mandela Barnes was close, but the WEC says the final tally separates them with 1.007285% of the total vote.

Under state law, a candidate can request a recount if they lost to the leading candidate by no more than 1% of the vote. If the difference is 0.25% or less, taxpayers foot the bill. If the difference is more than 0.25% (up to 1%), the requesting candidate must pay the recount in advance.

Candidates in the tight races for the Assembly and the state Senate had until last week to request a recount. The WEC received none.

Election results: https://www.wbay.com/politics/election-results/

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Sacramento school board election results show likely upheaval https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/sacramento-school-board-election-results-show-likely-upheaval/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 00:34:00 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/sacramento-school-board-election-results-show-likely-upheaval/ Participants in a march and rally at Hiram Johnson High School march to the transportation office Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Sacramento during the SCTA and SEIU Local 1021 strike. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com The Sacramento City Teachers Association has endorsed three school board candidates from the Sacramento City Unified School District, in an effort to […]]]>

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Participants in a march and rally at Hiram Johnson High School march to the transportation office Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Sacramento during the SCTA and SEIU Local 1021 strike.

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The Sacramento City Teachers Association has endorsed three school board candidates from the Sacramento City Unified School District, in an effort to shake up the school board after the union’s eight-day strike earlier this year.

New election results released on Friday show these three union-backed candidates ahead of their opponents.

If the trend continues, incumbent directors Leticia Garcia and Darrell Woo would lose their seats to union-backed challengers Jasjit Singh and Taylor Kayatta.

In race three, union-backed teacher Tara Jeane stands up to state attorney Anna Molander Hermann. They are running to succeed administrator Lisa Murawski, who did not seek re-election.

Singh, a nonprofit director, holds the biggest lead among the three races. He trailed in early election night results in the race to represent East Sacramento on the school board.

He is now ahead of Garcia by nearly 1,000 votes, leading with 53.4%

“It’s a very tight race. Clearly people want change, and we hope the final tally goes in our favor,” Singh told the Sacramento Bee last week.

In Zone 1 of the district representing Land Park and Downtown, Jeane holds a lead against Hermann, 51% to 48%. Their race is separated by more than 400 votes.

In Zone 6 representing the Pocket and Greenhaven, Kayatta has a first-time lead against outgoing three-term Trustee Woo

Kayatta, a government attorney and parent advocate, holds nearly 52% of the vote, 6,853 to 6,329.

“I remain confident that when all the votes are tallied, I will be elected the first new board member to represent Sac City Area 6 in 12 years,” Kayatta told The Bee earlier this week.

Sacramento County still has about 145,000 votes to count, so leads in school board races could change again.

The election follows an eight-day strike that shut down the school district last spring. This led to a labor agreement that increased teachers’ salaries, provided them with bonuses and resolved a number of expense issues related to COVID-19 precautions. It was the union’s fourth strike vote in five years and its second full walkout during that time.

This story was originally published November 18, 2022 4:34 p.m.

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Marcus D. Smith covers black communities for The Sacramento Bee. Marcus is an alumnus of Texas Southern University in Houston. Marcus grew up in Sacramento and is thrilled to be back home after his passion for journalism.

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Biden happy with voter turnout, says reflect quality of party candidates https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/biden-happy-with-voter-turnout-says-reflect-quality-of-party-candidates/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 06:40:00 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/biden-happy-with-voter-turnout-says-reflect-quality-of-party-candidates/ PHNOM PENH, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Joe Biden said on Sunday he was “incredibly pleased” with U.S. election turnout after Democrats took control of the Senate, a major victory for the president as he is considering his next two years in Office. Speaking to reporters in Cambodia ahead of an East Asia summit, Biden said […]]]>

PHNOM PENH, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Joe Biden said on Sunday he was “incredibly pleased” with U.S. election turnout after Democrats took control of the Senate, a major victory for the president as he is considering his next two years in Office.

Speaking to reporters in Cambodia ahead of an East Asia summit, Biden said the turnout reflected the quality of the candidates his party was fielding, after Senator Catherine Cortez Masto was up for re-election in Nevada, beating narrowly Republican challenger Adam Laxalt. .

A Democratic runoff victory in Georgia next month would then give the party absolute majority control of a 51-49 Senate, while a Georgian loss would keep the Democrats in control of a 50-50 Senate. , with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris able to break a tie vote. The extra seat would mean Democrats could spare a vote on key nominations and bills.

“We’re focused on Georgia now. We feel good where we are. And I know I’m a cocky optimist. I get that,” Biden told reporters. “Again, I’m not surprised by the turnout. I’m incredibly happy. And I think that’s a reflection of the quality of our applicants.”

The control of the House of Representatives is still not decided. Biden acknowledged that such a win would be “over the top” for Democrats, but Republicans are falling well short of expectations that they would take power in Washington.

Biden had touted the midterm election as a test of American democracy at a time when hundreds of Republican candidates have embraced former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a statement on the U.S. midterm elections during his visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump has repeatedly used his appeal among far-right conservatives to influence Republican Party nominees for congressional, gubernatorial and local races.

He was, however, accused of boosting candidates who failed to appeal to a large enough electorate, resulting in a lackluster performance for Republicans.

The results also signaled exhaustion from the kind of chaos fomented by the former Republican president, raising questions about the viability of his eventual run for the White House in 2024.

Laxalt, who lost in Nevada, was a former Trump-endorsed state attorney general.

Biden told reporters the election showed the Republican Party “is going to have to decide who they are.”

Some Republicans expressed their displeasure as they faced at least two more years of minority. “The old party is dead. Time to bury it. Build something new,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley.

Reporting by Nandita Bose; Written by Martin Petty; Editing by Ed Davies and William Mallard

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2022 Election Results – Round Rock Crushes Far-Right Candidates Running for School Board: Progressives Won – News https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/2022-election-results-round-rock-crushes-far-right-candidates-running-for-school-board-progressives-won-news/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:35:52 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/2022-election-results-round-rock-crushes-far-right-candidates-running-for-school-board-progressives-won-news/ Well, that’s over – for now, anyway. Round Rock families and educators (and students!) breathe a sigh of relief after five far-right candidates, known as Round Rock a family slate, were defeated in their quest to take control of round rock isdTuesday’s Board of Directors. The five – Christie Slape, Orlando Salt Flats, Jill Farris, […]]]>

Well, that’s over – for now, anyway. Round Rock families and educators (and students!) breathe a sigh of relief after five far-right candidates, known as Round Rock a family slate, were defeated in their quest to take control of round rock isdTuesday’s Board of Directors. The five – Christie Slape, Orlando Salt Flats, Jill Farris, Jean Keagyand former Austin council member Don Zimmerman – had expressed his opposition to the accommodation of LGBT students and his wish to ban books from RRSD libraries.

Opponents of the One Family list – many of whom are involved in Access Education RRISD — shared their concerns about potential voter intimidation throughout Tuesday on social media, but they eventually managed to match the energy of the far-right candidates — no small feat. “It was a long campaign and there was a plot misinformation spread in our community,” said the victorious board secretary. Amy Weier. “But we’ve had hundreds of parent volunteers in this district come together to support the truth and show what Round Rock ISD is really about.”

The three officers of the RISD Board of Directors – President Amber Fellervice president Tiffanie Harrissonand Weir – warned the the Chronicle in our previous report last week, losing even one of the five races would have intensified the political battle that has been waged on the board since the far-right directors were elected Danielle Weston and Mary Bone two years ago. But the One Family contestants were decisively beaten after the race garnered a lot of local and even statewide attention and both sides raised and spent unprecedented amounts of money. Harrison beat Zimmerman with 61% of the vote. Feller and Weir have each scored over 50% in multi-candidate competitions.

Joining them on the board at the end of December will be Estevan “Chuy” Zaratewho beat Keagy, and Alicia Markum, who defeated Farris and apparent Qanon adherent Linda Avila. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues toward excellence for all Round Rock ISD students,” said Harrison. “There was a lot at stake in this election. I’m so grateful that love won out.”

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Democrats have spent millions supporting GOP candidates – will it backfire? https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/democrats-have-spent-millions-supporting-gop-candidates-will-it-backfire/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:12:30 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/democrats-have-spent-millions-supporting-gop-candidates-will-it-backfire/ (NewsNation) — Democratic-aligned groups have spent tens of millions of dollars backing MAGA Republicans on the assumption they would be easier to defeat in the general election. Now some of those same races are more competitive than they anticipated. In total, Democrats have spent more than $53 million supporting right-wing candidates in nine state primaries […]]]>

(NewsNation) — Democratic-aligned groups have spent tens of millions of dollars backing MAGA Republicans on the assumption they would be easier to defeat in the general election. Now some of those same races are more competitive than they anticipated.

In total, Democrats have spent more than $53 million supporting right-wing candidates in nine state primaries this year, according to a Washington Post analysis.

More than 60% of that money, about $34.5 million, came from groups aligned with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, and was used to elevate the Republican gubernatorial candidate — and repeatedly skeptic — Darren Bailey, according to the Post.

Pritzker is heavily favored to win his race, but other GOP candidates who have received help from the left face possible upheaval.

In Michigan, Democrats have spent more than $400,000 on the campaign of John Gibbs, a Trump-backed candidate who said it was “mathematically impossible” for the former president to lose the 2020 election, in the race to represent the state’s 3rd congressional district.

On Thursday, Gibbs has a 65% chance of defeating Democrat Hillary Scholten, according to Decision Desk HQ. A separate election pattern from FiveThirtyEight shows a tighter race and gives Gibbs a 44% chance of winning.

Experts say the political game is nothing new.

“It’s definitely something both parties have used in the past to try to interfere in the other party’s primary to get what they perceive to be a weaker candidate in the general election,” said Aubrey Jewett, political scientist at Central University. Florida.

In New Hampshire, the Senate Majority PAC aligned with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., has spent $3.2 million on ads to help Republican Don Bolduc defeat his more moderate GOP rival Chuck Walrus.

This week, a Trafalgar/Daily Wire poll showed Bolduc had a one-point lead over incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan. Decision Desk HQ still gives Hassan a 67% chance of retaining his seat, but that’s down from 87% just a month ago.

Although the Washington Post found no evidence that Democrats threw money behind Republican Kari Lake in Arizona’s gubernatorial primary, the state’s Democratic Party campaigned against his opponent more moderate. via an explosion of e-mails.

Just weeks before the GOP primary, the Arizona Democratic Party sent an email thanking Lake’s more moderate opponent, Karrin Taylor Robson, for “years of funding Democrats.”

“It’s always a risk, it’s a gamble,” said Samara Klar, a political scientist at the University of Arizona. “If you try to back the candidate you think is the most dangerous…you risk that candidate winning the general election.”

Arizona Democrats could learn that lesson the hard way.

Lake, who has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s victory, went on to win his party’s nomination and is favored to win next week’s general election.

Now Democrats are hoping former President Barack Obama can help them cross the finish line.

On Wednesday night in Arizona, Obama called out GOP candidates who have spread unfounded allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

“If you need one more reason to vote, consider the fact that our democracy is on the ballot and nowhere is that clearer than here in Arizona,” Obama said.

Republicans currently have a 54% chance of controlling the Senate and an 80% chance of controlling the House, according to Decision Desk HQ’s forecast model.

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More Tennessee Muslims are voting and candidates are paying attention https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/more-tennessee-muslims-are-voting-and-candidates-are-paying-attention/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:00:33 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/more-tennessee-muslims-are-voting-and-candidates-are-paying-attention/ There are approximately 70,000 Muslims in Tennessee. Two of them exercise an elective mandate. Efforts to engage Muslims in voting and civic engagement that began in 2018 have grown with support from mosques across Tennessee. Engaging the Muslim community on the vote benefits both the community and the candidates, supporters say. Tennessee’s Muslim community could […]]]>
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Take a few minutes to find out about us No-vote candidates before Election Day https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/take-a-few-minutes-to-find-out-about-us-no-vote-candidates-before-election-day/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 20:03:08 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/take-a-few-minutes-to-find-out-about-us-no-vote-candidates-before-election-day/ OPINION Rise. Speak. It’s your turn. Election day is approaching, and when you head to the polling booth on November 8, the names at the top of the ballot will be very familiar to you, mostly from the deluge of TV ads and direct mail you’ve seen over the past few years. weeks. But I […]]]>

OPINION

Rise. Speak. It’s your turn.


Election day is approaching, and when you head to the polling booth on November 8, the names at the top of the ballot will be very familiar to you, mostly from the deluge of TV ads and direct mail you’ve seen over the past few years. weeks.

But I would like you to take a minute to consider the names at the bottom of the ballot, those who don’t have million-dollar advertising budgets, those who are running for state legislature.

I am one of them.

If elected, I will be one of 400 state officials who will spend considerable time in Concord working on hundreds of bills in committee meetings and legislative voting sessions, and I will be paid 100 $ per year plus mileage.

So why am I doing it? I’m not trying to make a name for myself. At 65, I’m not exactly a rising star. And clearly, it’s not for the money.

I’m doing it because I think it’s important and I recognize how lucky I am to be old enough to retire and healthy enough to handle it. I also do it because I believe in democracy. You cannot have representative government if no one is willing to serve as a representative. Most people I know who run would say the same thing.

The other reason is that many important issues are decided at the state level. The amount of money the city receives from the state impacts our property taxes and the quality of our public schools. The Medicaid expansion must be reauthorized this quarter. Thousands of our neighbors in Manchester who find themselves out of work or not earning enough to buy insurance from the ACA could find themselves without access to healthcare.

In the last session, when Republicans couldn’t pass bills to restrict abortion, or create a school voucher program, or impose a restriction on teaching “dividing concepts,” they slipped them into the budget. Rest assured that these items will be back on the agenda for the next session to make them permanent. These are not the things that will improve the quality of life for Granite Staters and they are not what the Legislature should be focusing on.

Finally, the state determines the voting rules. We should make it easier for citizens to participate and make their voices heard. The erosion of the right to vote that we have seen in recent years is very troubling. Our vote is our best tool to empower our elected officials. Without it, we cannot call ourselves a democracy.

Manchester has 33 state representatives, two for each ward and the remainder in multi-ward floating districts. Most of us who run knock on your doors and leave our flippers to introduce ourselves.

If we’re passing by, please take a minute to talk with us. We don’t do this just to get your vote, we do it to understand the needs and concerns of the people we may represent at Concord. If you’re not home when we strike, please review our documentation and use the contact details provided to contact us if you have any questions.

Democracy is a great system, but it requires some work from its citizens. Thomas Jefferson might have been a bit of a jerk about some things, but he had great faith in ordinary citizens. In 1789 he wrote to his friend Richard Price, “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things go wrong to the point of catching their attention, they can be counted on to straighten them out.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to find out about us negative-vote candidates before election day. You can access the sample ballot for your ward here. Find out who is running and check them out.

I hope that by reporting these things you will be encouraged to get out and vote. I will be at the polls most of the day on election day. If you live in Ward 5, I hope to see you at Beech Street School.


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Candidates rush to Election Day https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/candidates-rush-to-election-day/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 22:21:34 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/candidates-rush-to-election-day/ Election season is turning into a hyper-drive locally and statewide with Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8 just two weeks away. The remaining 14 days are the last chance for candidates to sell themselves to voters or fire arrows at their opponents with new revelations and nicknames. While the gubernatorial race was contentious even before […]]]>

Election season is turning into a hyper-drive locally and statewide with Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8 just two weeks away.

The remaining 14 days are the last chance for candidates to sell themselves to voters or fire arrows at their opponents with new revelations and nicknames.

While the gubernatorial race was contentious even before the primary, local races such as Illinois’ Congressional District 13 and the state’s Senate District 48 have heated up in recent weeks.

Deering and Davis discuss the BGA report

The race for the 13th congressional district seat will not include current U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, after the redistricting, but he still weighed in on the game between fellow Republican Regan Deering and his Democratic opponent Nikki Budzinski on Monday.

At a joint press conference at the Statehouse, Deering and Davis discussed a Better Government Association report showing that Budzinski received “over $500,000 in consulting and other fees in 10 months” after he left. a state position as a senior adviser to the Pritzker administration. .

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Winnebago County candidates speak with Rockfordians about voting https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/winnebago-county-candidates-speak-with-rockfordians-about-voting/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 05:43:00 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/winnebago-county-candidates-speak-with-rockfordians-about-voting/ ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – They are looking to secure an Election Day victory in Winnebago County. Local candidates from both parties get what could be their last chance to face off against those who will decide their fate in November’s election. In just three weeks, community members will head to the polls on Election Day. […]]]>

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – They are looking to secure an Election Day victory in Winnebago County. Local candidates from both parties get what could be their last chance to face off against those who will decide their fate in November’s election.

In just three weeks, community members will head to the polls on Election Day. The Rockford League of Women Voters and the NAACP have joined forces to give Winnebago County female candidates the opportunity to share their policies.

Judy Schultz is not only a voter but also a member of the League of Women Voters. She says it is essential that people take the time to vote and that the goal of the LWV organization is to help people through the voting process. This is why today’s meeting was so important.

“I often split my vote and I might do it again this election. I look at the candidate and not so much the party,” Schultz said.

Schultz believes that listening to candidates’ policies and finding out if they align with his values ​​is how everyone should choose a candidate to vote for. A total of 14 candidates attended the event and explained why they believe they are the best choice for the position.

“I don’t like commercials on television where they attack the other person. It tells me nothing about what they believe and what they want to achieve,” she said.

Many candidates say their goal is to have a meaningful impact on the Rockford area and they simply want to be a voice for the community.

“I bring something to the table that politics has kind of left out and it’s a voice for the people. Not just for certain groups, but for people as a whole,” said Bert Gerl, member Board member and Republican candidate for the 15th District, “I think people have really felt left out because they don’t have a voice in politics anymore. And I think I am that voice.”

“When I look at our local politicians, many of them are decent and honorable people, but we don’t need to think in groups. We need people with different perspectives and different ideas. People who can cooperate and get along for the good of all, ”said Chris Scrol, the Democratic candidate for the 15th district.

LWV co-chair Sue Theden says only 17% of eligible voters actually voted in the primaries and more voters are needed to make up the difference.

Election day is Tuesday, November 8. Anyone interested in learning more about the candidates can visit the League of Women Voters website or contact the county clerk.

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Bentonville School Board Zone 3 has three candidates seeking election seat https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/bentonville-school-board-zone-3-has-three-candidates-seeking-election-seat/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 06:29:43 +0000 https://shaughnessyforcongress.com/bentonville-school-board-zone-3-has-three-candidates-seeking-election-seat/ BENTONVILLE — Voters in Area 3 of the school district will choose next month from among three political newcomers vying for a seat on the school board: Jeremy Farmer, Blanca Maldonado and Matthew Smith. If no candidate obtains more than 50% of the votes, there will be a second round on December 6 between the […]]]>

BENTONVILLE — Voters in Area 3 of the school district will choose next month from among three political newcomers vying for a seat on the school board: Jeremy Farmer, Blanca Maldonado and Matthew Smith.

If no candidate obtains more than 50% of the votes, there will be a second round on December 6 between the first two.

The election is November 8. Early voting begins Monday.

The Bentonville School Board has seven members. Until this year, each member represented a specific area of ​​the school district. The board agreed to restructure so that five positions would be based on geographic areas and two on general positions. Residents can vote for their zone representative and for the two members at large when these seats are up for election.

Each of the five zoned seats is up for election this year. Once the board is elected after the November elections, members will draw terms ranging from one to five years, so their terms will be staggered. Board members normally serve a five-year term.

Zone 3 covers most of East Bentonville, stretching from Tiger Boulevard at its northernmost point to Southwest Gator Boulevard at the southern end. Downtown and Bentonville High School are included in Zone 3.

School board positions are nonpartisan and unpaid in Arkansas.

JEREMY FARMER

Farmer believes his experiences as a PTO president, a school volunteer, and a past president and board member of the Northwest Arkansas Court-appointed special advocates have prepared him to be an effective member of the school board.

He said he would like to expand the district’s offerings in programs such as Ignite, which allows high school students to explore a particular career field in depth. He also wants to make schools safer and find new ways to support teachers.

“Competitive pay is a must, but it’s also important to find ways to support them in the classroom and give them time back,” Farmer said.

Funding is the biggest issue facing the district over the next five years, he said, adding that the district needs the support of lawmakers to correct the inequity in how funding is allocated. to school districts; specifically, the Title I distribution model must change. Title I funds help schools meet the educational needs of students living near or at the poverty line.

The past few years have been difficult for the board and trustees, but Farmer said he thinks they did the best they could with the information and regulations they had.

BLANCA MALDONADO

Maldonado said she was running for council because Bentonville’s marginalized communities deserved to be represented.

“Bentonville is about 11% Latinx, and while that’s a small percentage and growing, we can all be better off when everyone has a seat at the table,” she said.

Maldonado sees the proliferation of charter schools in the area as a challenge. While she supports school choice, she said officials must ensure that the same funding and waivers given to charter schools are also available to traditional public schools.

She would like to see the school district take steps to “go green,” citing the example of the Batesville School District, which installed solar panels and put the money saved on energy into teacher raises.

“Our teachers deserve to earn a living, and if we need to, let’s be creative about how to reach those funds,” Maldonado said.

She was impressed with how the district handled the covid-19 pandemic.

“Whenever there was a problem, the district came up with a creative solution,” Maldonado said. “For example, when covid revealed inequities in internet access, the Bentonville School District set up free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city. They kept the safety and health of their students in mind. students, teachers and staff.

MATTHEW SMITH

Smith’s platform is rooted in representing all members of the community, and her wish is to bring a stronger voice for “parental rights” to the council.

Overall, board members have done a good job, especially in hiring teachers, he said. But Smith was among those who disagreed with the council’s decision in August 2021 to implement a district-wide mask mandate. A group of parents sued the district over the warrant, and a local judge sided with the parents, temporarily halting the warrant.

The district appealed Benton County Circuit Judge Xollie Duncan’s ruling, and in April the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned her decision.

The district “made the problem worse when it decided to fight parents who sued to stop the policy,” Smith said.

He said he learned to be a ‘servant leader’ in the Marine Corps and continued to provide service to others during his healthcare career as an emergency medical technician. and nurse.

“I can read, understand, and articulate medical information and understand the impact of those decisions on the physical and mental health of students,” Smith said.

He said the district has benefited from a strong economy in recent years, but, if the economy deteriorates, “it will be important to have council members who can understand the issues that arise and who can work with them. working together to minimize the impact, but still be able to provide the high quality education the community demands.”

Voters in the school district’s Zone 3 will choose next month from three political newcomers vying for a seat on the school board: Jeremy Farmer (from left), Blanca Maldonado and Matthew Smith.
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