Dr. Chanda Jackson-Short won the Capital School District Board of Education seat today. With 190 votes, she had a close race with opponent Andres Ortiz who won 183 votes. Kevin Ohlandt gained 119 votes. Jackson-Short won East Dover Elementary School with 28 votes and tied with Ortiz at William Henry Middle School with 159 votes. Ohlandt won Hartley with 19 votes.
Okay, enough of the official journalism stuff. I lost! But you know what, it was an interesting journey with lessons learned. I’ve always known I’m a bit of a radical for many voters, and I’m okay with that. What was supposed to happen happened. I always believe God has a plan for everything, and this wasn’t in the cards. Jackson-Short saved Capital from becoming an all-male board. I will definitely be watching her to see what she does in the next five years. Congrats Chanda!
For now, I’m pretty beat and I’ve been awake since 4:55am yesterday morning so I think I’m going to go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day.
The League of Women Voters and the Central Middle School PTO are holding a Meet The Candidates Night at Central Middle School at 7pm this evening. The candidates (shameless plug: includes me) are Andres Ortiz, Chanda Jackson, and Kevin Ohlandt.
Each candidate will give a three minute introductory statement and then questions will be asked by the audience. Each candidate will have one minute to respond and one minute for rebuttal. I can’t speak for the other candidates, but I can certainly say this will be an evening citizens in the Capital School District will never forget. For anyone that knows me, you know I go into education issues with a ton of research. That’s all I’m saying!
The Dover Post had an article today on the candidates where one candidate stated:
First off I do not believe the Capital School District has issues, I believe we have opportunities to build a better tomorrow.
They are only opportunities if every single issue becomes an opportunity, but I will have more to say on that tonight…