There’s a super testy Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education election on at the moment. It’s the status quo versus the not status quo. It’s the Paul Soma in versus Paul Soma out election. It’s getting super dramatic.
Five candidates are running with shared resources and shared communications. They’re running on the same platform – accountability, standards, etc. They call themselves TEAM5 TCAPS.
Opponents are current board members Sue Kelly and Matt Anderson along with retired teachers Pamela Forton and Jeff Leonhardt.
Board candidate Matt Anderson calls it a “dangerous thing for our community.”
Board candidate Pamela Forton says she would be “very concerned” if she knew there were five people on the board that could decide everything. It’s “very, very dangerous,” she says.
So what gets me about these people who are criticizing the TEAM5 group is that they’re immediately turning around and asking for voters to vote for them as a group. Matt Anderson goes so far as to circle the names he wants you to vote for at the end of his clip criticizing the TEAM 5 group for running as a group. This is a shot from a Facebook post he put up on the topic:
So Matt Anderson, Pamela Forton, M. Sue Kelly and Jeff Leonhardt want you to know that voting groups are bad, but then Anderson immediately turns around and tells you to vote for his voting group in his own campaign material. For people who claim not to be a voting bloc, they’re two current board members and two retired teachers. Sounds awfully tight to me.
The candidate forum is online here: