This week I received a very nice note from Wes Climer, Chairman of the York County Republican Party. He attached a questionnaire for school board candidates. You can read my answer below, where I asked him to understand that as a board member, I do not even want the hint of partisanship to enter into my campaigning. Thanks for the work of our political party volunteers, and I hope everyone understands that, win or lose, each candidate makes the electoral process a more inclusive one.
To: School Board Candidates
Thank you for offering yourselves for service on the School Board. It is a great reflection on our community that so many talented people are willing to make such a significant personal investment in the education of our youth.
Given the nonpartisan nature of school board elections, the York County Republican Party will not endorse any candidates in school board races. But in keeping with our mission to foster substantive debate and a more informed electorate, we would welcome your reply to the attached candidate questionnaire, which reflects issues of import to our members.
Your replies will be made available to our membership by email and distributed to voters by mail. They will also be posted on our website.
Out of respect for the considerable demands on your time, the eight questions enclosed can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” However, you should feel free to elaborate if you are so inclined.
If you have any questions about the questionnaire, please [contact] me.
Chairman, York County Republican Party
2014 School Board Candidate Questionnaire
1. Do you support open enrollment for public schools?
2. Do you support expanding scholarship/voucher programs?
3. Do you support broader adoption of charter schools?
4. Should public resources, facilities, and/or extra-curricular activities be made available for children in private and home schools?
5. Is the School District adequately funded at current levels? More specifically, is the current $/student ratio sufficient?
6. Do you support adoption of Common Core standards?
7. Do you pledge to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to raise taxes?
8. Do you support the South Carolina Civics Education Initiative?