Eureka City Schools Election: I Voted
I wrote earlier I might just sit out the election for Eureka City Schools board. It didn't take long for me to change my mind.
First, you have the challenger, Lisa Olivier, who doesn't seem to have any reason for running other than the generic We need change. She can't say just what needs to be changed. Then again, we can't be sure just what she thinks as she's nowhere to be found.
She was invited to discuss issues on a thread over at Eric Kirk's blog but never showed up. Her supporters, such as they were, tried to make some sort of case for her but failed miserably. John Fullerton did show up and kicked ass.
I've also been led to understand Olivier declined invitations to discuss school board issues in any public forum.
The worst part is the local Democratic Central Committee trying to make this a partisan race. They sent a couple letters to the Times- Standard suggesting people vote for Olivier simply because she's a Democrat, then tried to fabricate some issues to use against Fullerton but those didn't hold much water. They obviously just want to put a stuffed shirt with a D next to her name on the board for partisan purposes.
If nothing else, their complaints would have been more properly directed at the Democrats that maintain a majority on the board, not that it really matters. As John Fullerton has pointed out, the votes taken by board members generally have nothing to do with political affiliation. Votes are often mixed with Fullerton, the sole Republican, voting with or against the Democrats and an Independent.
Trying to turn this into partisan race is reason enough to vote for John Fullerton. After all, the challenger can't come up with one specific issue on which she differs with Fullerton. If there's no legitimate issues involved, then at least the Democratic Central Committee deserves a slap down for trying to turn this into a Democrat vs. Republican thing.
For that reason alone I cast my vote for John Fullerton a week or so ago. I hope many others do the same.