It’s a rule of thumb in elections: You can’t endorse candidates if you work in a state agency. When that candidate is on the school board who hired you and can fire you, that endorsement is clearly a conflict of interest. The 31st State Rep. District primary race has been a popcorn eating event for weeks now.
Enter Ralph Taylor, a Capital School District Board of Education member running for the 31st State Rep. seat against incumbent Sean Lynn for the Democratic ticket. Today, he posted the following on his Facebook page:
While Shelton does not come out and say “I endorse Ralph Taylor” it certainly comes across as an endorsement. Especially since it is two days before the Primary. The fact that the Capital Board of Education has allowed Taylor to use the microphone at board meetings to promote his campaign has not been ignored by attendees in the room. One attendee, who wished to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, said the following: “Taylor shouldn’t be using his seat on the board for political purposes. It gives the impression of vote for me or else.”
I wholeheartedly agree. Shelton’s short of a full endorsement definitely dances on that fine line between a reference letter and an endorsement. Is Shelton aware Taylor is using this as leverage in his campaign? I did ask the Taylor campaign on the Facebook post if this was an endorsement or a reference letter. The campaign responded it was “a note of support”. The campaign also asked if I was being “petty again”.
It is a given that district employees are not allowed to promote campaigns for school boards. The same is true for using state time to promote a candidate in elections. This is just weird.
The 31st State Representative District in Dover is one of the few races in the Primary with both Republican and Democrats duking it out for a spot in the General Election. Current Dover City Councilman David Anderson is running against Jean Dowding on the Republican ticket while incumbent Sean Lynn will face Ralph Taylor on Thursday. Please remember to vote on September 6th! Thank you to David for getting me his candidate message!
Sean Lynn, the incumbent Democrat from the 31st Representative District in Dover is next with my candidate message series. Lynn faces Democrat opponent Ralph Taylor in Thursday’s primary. The winner of the primary will face the winner of the Republican Primary, either David Anderson or Jean Dowding, in the General Election in November.
Ralph Taylor, a Democrat candidate for the 31st District Representative Primary, just unleashed a tirade against the Delaware State Education Association over what he alleges are unfair practices for endorsements.
For 32 years, Jean Dowding was a registered Democrat. She filed against incumbent Democrat Sean Lynn in the 31st Rep. District for Delaware in July. But she did NOT file as a Democrat. She switched her party to Republican. While it is certainly any American citizen’s right to switch parties at any time, I do find it a bit suspect she would do so the same day she filed to run against a very liberal candidate.
For the record, I fully endorse Sean Lynn for this seat. He has done an excellent job for his district as well as the State of Delaware. He has been a staunch supporter for public education. He introduced legislation designed for more government transparency and fought valiantly for elimination of the death penalty in Delaware. We need more Sean Lynn and not someone who doesn’t seem to know what party they should be affiliated with unless it is for the sole purpose of running for office. Is she a Democrat or a Republican? 32 years is a long time to register under one party. Why wouldn’t she have attempted to run in the primary against Lynn?
While Dowding has a ton of experience under her belt and she deserves kudos for her service to our country, in reviewing her responses in the Delaware State News, her responses were very wishy-washy. Many of her answers had the “I’ll have to take a look at that”. Voters don’t want to hear that. They want someone who is committed to the issues, not someone who doesn’t really know what those issues are. Sean Lynn knows the issues that Delaware faces and can see past the status quo. Jean Dowding does not have enough information to lead her district much less make the decisions needed based on having all the facts. It is that simple.
For those who may think Dowding could have switched parties at some point during the past 32 years and not the day she filed, voter registration websites state otherwise: