School Board Election 2017: Many Filings Already!

On May 9th, Delawareans across the state will vote for school district board members.  It happens every year!  This year will be no exception.  Below are the list of districts with open seats for the election and who has already filed.

Appoquinimink, at-large, expires 2022, no filings

Brandywine, District D, expires 2022, no filings

Caesar Rodney, at-large, expires 2022, Alan Claycomb (filed 2/3/17)

Cape Henlopen, Area D, expires 2022, no filings

Capital, at-large, expires 2022, Andres Ortiz (filed 2/2/17)

Christina, District G, expires 2022, Shirley Sutton-Saffer (filed 1/5/17) and Jeffrey Day (filed 1/31/17)

Delmar, at-large, expires 2022, no filings

Lake Forest, at-large, expires 2022, Austin Auen (filed 1/6/17)

Laurel, at-large, expires 2022, Linda Wintjen (filed 12/30/16)

Milford, Area D, expires 2022, no filings

Milford, at-large, expires 2022, no filings

Red Clay, District C, expires 2022, no filings

Seaford, at-large, expires 2022, Michael Kraft (filed 1/4/17)

Smyrna, at-large, expires 2022, Vetra Evans-Gunter (filed 1/23/17)

Woodbridge, at-large, expires 2022, no filings

So it looks like we have one contested seat up in Christina, but no others… yet.  That will change.  The filing deadline is the first Friday in March.  And no, I will not be running for Capital again this year.  But I do see one of my opponents is taking another shot at it.  Good luck Mr. Ortiz!  Indian River does not have any open board seats this year.  All I can say about school board elections is get the word out.  The number of votes in these things compared to the number of students in the district is very small.  People shouldn’t complain about school board members if they don’t vote in these elections!  Come April, you will start seeing school board election signs all over the place across Delaware.  Don’t steal them though, it is still against the law!

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

One thought on “School Board Election 2017: Many Filings Already!”

  1. The last time I declared that Christina actually had a school board race, I shot myself in the foot as the party residing the seat withdrew from the campaign and the challenger won through affirmation. Don’t get me wrong, I have agreed with several of the winner’s votes, so I am not unhappy with her. But, Seat G, held by Mrs. Sutton-Saffer who is deeply entrenched in CSD, sometimes considered aligned to the Paige-Young psydo-alliance, and has withstood several attempts from various “community” requests to resign, might have a fight if Jeff Days can evolve away from his Bernie base to adjust to a non-partisan election. I had the pleasure of serving with Sutton-Saffer and when she’s on, she IS on. I don’t know Days but from what I have scrounged up, it looks to me like he has strong political aspirations and a few years in a school board seat is a great place to cut teeth. The real question though, if Day is triumphant, will he be another swing vote or align himself with one side of the board or the other?

    So much time for speculation til the polls close! It’s a shame we can’t televise debates, b/c this is one I would love to watch. Unfortunately, parenting makes it too difficult to commit to anything outside the school day. While I don’t have much faith in the Journal, at least I can count on the Newark Post to publish interviews when voting time gets closer. H/T to both candidates.


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