3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:22 PM

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:29 PM

I would say when a candidate receives funding by a PAC or party then it turns into a partisan election.

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:50 PM

A non-partisan election simply means that there is no R or D (or I or G) next to the candidate's name and he cannot use party affiliation in his campaign materials. To your question. a non-partisan election NEVER becomes a partisan election.

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:51 PM

But once a candidate is identified as a R or a D and endorsed by a partisan group?

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:51 PM

Honestly, I did not vote for one identified Republican.

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 5:56 PM

I guess I would have to know how they were "identified", but even then, it doesn't change the category of the position, which is "non-partisan". I don't think that being endorsed by a partisan group means that the person is a D or an R and I don't think that such an endorsement is the same as the candidate being affiliated with a party. After all, many many organizations who would ordinarily be considered Republican, backed Clinton in the last election. The candidate does not have control over who endorses him.

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 6:01 PM

Can a candidate set aside his partisan biases to make decisions in a non-partisan position? Can someone who identifies themselves as a Republican fiscal conservative set aside his fiscal conservativeness?

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 6:02 PM

I believe, and I am completely willing to admit that I'm incorrect should someone like Mel Thillens chime in, that the term "non-partisan" applies strictly to the office, not to the person running for that office. So, I think you could have an "identified" D running for a non-partisan position. Mel Thillens, for example, ran for State Senate as an R, but also ran for Park Board.

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 6:07 PM

Now you're getting into philosophy. which is fine. However, you should not assume that all Rs are conservative and that all Ds are liberal. Here's a question, has anyone running for office declared themselves a "fiscal liberal"? I can't think of anyone ever saying that. No, I don't think that anyone that is a fiscal conservative can set that aside, but if you take that to mean that they would never vote to increase taxes, you're flat out incorrect. Many, especially local, fiscal conservatives vote to increase taxes, they just do it later in the process than the fiscal liberal.

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 6:11 PM

This sounds like a riddle :)

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3 months ago on 04/04/2017 at 6:54 PM

Very few people run the gamut down a particular line. There are Catholics who are pro choice and Democrats who believe in gun rights.

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3 months ago on 04/05/2017 at 12:31 AM

Kathy. Today was a good day. I would not worry about this new board. I am one of those so called conservative tax paying board members, but what makes me different is that I realize that there is a very fine line between being conservative and making sure teachers have the resources and support they need to effectively teach our children. I am confident that we have gained several more with the same views tonight.

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