Apr 24, 2007
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the forum Monday night for the Howell Public School Board candidates. I didn’t get into town late from Lansing, and I read that the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus that was sponsoring the forum was giving out tickets because the venue was so small. They said you needed to get there early to ensure admittance. With all the controversy surrounding the race because of the anti-gay hate group know as “Love” I thought the 150 seats at the Howell Recreation Center would be filled.
Unfortunately, I was wrong, and the turnout was rather sparse. Apparently, the change in venue because the newspaper refused to bend may have contributed to the lower turnout.
Despite the low turnout, this is an important race. The “Love” group is pushing hard to get two more candidates on the board in addition to Wendy Day last year, and everyone saw the damage and embarrassment they caused with their book-banning censorship campaign. The backlash against them is so hard they are keeping their endorsements secret, but they are stealthily pushing hard for Doug Moore and Bob Harvey. At this point I know I am not voting for those two, but until today I had not decided between the other candidates.
This is also an important race because some special interest groups have jumped in. This is a nonpartisan race, but the Livingston County Republic Party has made an effort to recruit, train and throw their resources behind candidates. At this point they haven’t told us who to vote for, but I’m sure they will let their members know if not the general public.
So it’s very important to vote on May 8, and here are the candidates you have to choose from:
Incumbent, Jeannine Pratt, 46, City of Howell; Dan Fondriest, 49, Genoa Township; attorney Edwin J. Literski, 52, Genoa Township; and write-in candidate Phil Nicholas.
The good news is if you want to be better informed you can listen to the debate on radio station WHMI. I just listened to it. After listening I have made my decision, and I suggest you do the same.
UPDATE: The Press & Argus is reporting the so-called “Love” Pac is not endorsing in the race. At best this is a cowardly act, and the negative backlash against this anti-gay hate group is so great they realize an endorsement is the kiss of death and no candidate actually wants it. But on this blog and other blogs the leader of this hate group has made it clear they support Bill Harvey and Doug Moore. That should tell you who not to vote for on May 8.
The best thing that could come of this is that this group dries up and goes away.