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Who’s Backing Your School Board Candidate?

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While much of education policy comes from the state level, local school board elections are critically important to the direction of your local public schools. School board elections will be held all over the state this summer. What do you know about the candidates running in your county?

In Nashville, special interests pushing unlimited charter school growth have invested lots of money in four particular candidates.

 From the Nashville Scene  “Those with the biggest war chests have something in common: a friendly, if not embracing, attitude toward charter schools. In the four races — touching the Antioch, Hillsboro, McGavock and Overton clusters — each features… challengers who want charters to play a bigger role in Nashville’s education system…

While people with deep pockets and a desire to see more charter schools have cut meaty checks in this race, they’ve done so individually. Two years ago, a trio of pro-charter activists created a political action committee called Great Public Schools that handed out some $20,000 to their candidates. But that strategy is a no-go this year, said Bill DeLoache, a leading charter advocate and member of the threesome. He declined to comment on why.

But his wife, Mary DeLoache, has spread $6,000 evenly among this year’s four charter favorites. Other former organizers of the PAC have given too, including Townes Duncan (who gave the maximum contribution of $1,500 to Pierce and $500 to Dixon) and John Eason (who split $1,000 between the same two). Both Duncan and Eason work for investment companies… Others in the business community have also spread their wealth, giving maximum or near max donations to all or most charter-friendly candidates.”

Be sure to look closely at your school board candidates, their financial supporters, and whose agenda they will carry. Will the candidate you vote for represent you, or special interests?

Local pro-public education groups that are covering local races include the following:

Williamson Strong http://williamsonstrong.org/candidates/

SPEAK: Students Parents Educators Across Knox County http://speaktn.com/school-board-candidates/

Strong Schools PAC (Sumner County) http://strongschools.org/candidates/

You can look at the full election calendar here.

EARLY VOTING Runs through August 2nd. Election Day is August 7th.

We’d love to hear more about races across the state.
Below listed are all TN counties with links to their full Candidate  Lists. This lists are not limited to School Board candidates and may include entire county ballots and candidate listings. You may need to know your precinct to determine your sample ballot. Some county website info is incomplete but, we included a link in case information is updated soon. Please notify us of any errors or omissions.

Anderson County: Page 3/4
Bedford County:  ballot page 11
Benton County : download August doc.
Bledsoe County: sample ballot
Blount County: sample ballot
Bradley County: sample ballot
Campbell County: sample ballot
Cannon County: sample ballot
Carroll County: sample ballot
Carter County: sample ballot
Cheatham: sample ballot by precinct/choose general
Chester County:  sample ballot
Claiborne County: sample ballot
Clay County: sample ballot
Cocke County: sample ballot
Coffee County: sample ballot
Crockett County: sample ballot by precinct/choose general
Cumberland County: sample ballot
Davidson County: sample ballot
Decatur County: sample ballot
Dekalb County: sample ballot
Dickson County: sample ballot
Dyer County: sample ballot
Fayette County: sample ballot list by precinct/choose general
Fentress County: sample ballot
Franklin County: sample ballot
Gibson County: sample ballot
Giles County: sample ballot
Grainger County: sample ballot
Greene County: sample ballot
Grundy County: sample ballot
Hancock County: sample ballot
Hamblen County: sample ballot
Hamilton County: sample ballot
Hardeman County: sample ballot
Hardin County: sample ballot
Hawkins County: sample ballot
Haywood County: sample ballot
Henderson County: sample ballot
Henry County: sample ballot
Hickman County: sample ballot (link is problematic)
Houston County: sample ballot
Humphreys County: sample ballot
Jackson County: sample ballot
Jefferson County: sample ballot
Johnson County: sample ballot
Knox County: sample ballot
Lake County: sample ballot
Lauderdale County: sample ballot
Lawrence County: sample ballot (5 seats up- a lot for a small county)
Lewis County: sample ballot
Lincoln County: sample ballot
Loudon County: sample ballot
Macon County: sample ballot pg 12
Madison County: sample ballot
Marion County: sample ballot
Marshall County: sample ballet
Maury County: sample ballot
McMinn County: sample ballot
McNairy County: Link to County and Eastview ballots
Meigs County: sample ballot
Monroe County: sample ballot
Montgomery County: sample ballot
Moore County: sample ballot
Morgan County: sample ballot
Obion County: sample ballot
Overton County, sample ballot
Perry County: sample ballot
Picket County: general election sample ballots by district
Polk County: scroll down sample ballot
Putnam County:sample ballot
Rhea County: sample ballot
Roane County: sample ballot
Robertson County: candidate list
Rutherford County: sample ballot pg 15
Scott County: sample ballot
Sequatchie County: sample ballot
Sevier County: sample ballot
Shelby County: sample ballot
Smith County: sample ballot
Stewart County: candidate list
Sullivan County: sample ballot
Sumner County: sample ballot
Tipton County: candidate list
Trousdale County: sample ballot
Unicoi County: sample ballot
Union County: sample ballot
VanBuren County: sample ballot
Warren County: sample ballot
Washington County: sample ballot
Wayne County: sample ballot
Weakley County: sample ballot
White County: sample ballot
Williamson County: link to several sample ballots
Wilson County: sample ballot

 Source to links: http://tnsos.org/elections/election_commissions.php?Show=All