Note: I posted this on social media and thought it would be good to put on the blog for those blog readers not following me on social media.
A number of candidates have chosen not to participate in the upcoming candidate forum / debates similar to what I hosted in the Primary. Some of those candidates mention a social media post when I indicated that I may endorse a candidate in the election.
To set the record straight…I did make a post out of frustration when one candidate did not respond to my MANY attempts at outreach in the Primary and the General. This candidate has taken a very political position in this Howard County Board of Education race. Anyone that has been a reader of my blog know I am not a fan of partisan politics playing a role in the board races. This particular candidate has also made some troubling posts on social media themselves that seems to get ignored by many in our community. So yes…I got upset when the one thing I heard back from this candidate was that they would not participate in my event and I indicated I may endorse that candidates opponent in this election.
To be very clear I have not endorsed that other candidate (or any candidate in any race) and do not plan on providing any endorsements. Many of my friends and blog readers reached out and I listened.
Every candidate is treated fairly and given equal time during my events. No candidate is ever left out. I try my best to provide an open opportunity for every candidate. Those that wish to take advantage of this opportunity is welcome to do so and my hope is that I have the opportunity to continue to provide a non-partisan environment welcoming to all candidates.
I am sad that some in our community have chosen to indicate that I am not objective in my events across the board. I am also sad at the level of partisan politics being played in this Board of Education race this election cycle.
I will have a number of upcoming events for those candidates wishing to participate and I hope my followers and readers tune in to hear about these candidates.
Here are some of the upcoming event scheduled at this moment (click the image below to view the events on Facebook). My goal is to get more events on the calendar and as soon as I do I will get out new posts on the blog and social media: