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PF candidate rebuts Jeff Ward's politics

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:04 pm

My name is Dave Paul. I am an 18 year resident of Post Falls and am running for School Board Trustee in Zone 1. Writing the Editor is not something I would normally do, but after reading a column and an article written by my opponent’s husband I was compelled to do so.

Mr. Jeff Ward and the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans (KCRR) are doing everything they can to infuse partisan politics into school board elections. Partisan politics and the tactics of KCRR have no place in school board elections.

Mr. Ward nor any member of the KCRR has ever met me nor have they tried to contact me. They try to label every non-KCRR as a member of the national Democrat coalition. They label every non-KCRR as representing the union and not the citizens and the taxpayers. They label every non-KCRR candidate as a rubber stamp for the union. Mr. Ward falsely attacked an outstanding teacher in Post Falls simply in an attempt to control school board elections. He says he supports an independent school board at the same time he seeks money for the Reagan Republican Victory Fund for KCRR candidates in every school board election in Kootenai County. Does anyone really believe a KCRR-run school district would be independent?

We need a board of trustees that can work with the administration, work with our teachers and the community to collectively strive every day to provide the very best educational opportunity for ALL the children of Post Falls. We do need an independent board.

I would encourage Mr. Ward and anyone else to get to know the candidates before they label them. Check our records and see how hard some of us have worked to improve our public schools. I personally have worked hard to ensure that our district makes solid and timely decisions with regards to academic and teacher performance. I have worked hard to ensure our schools are safe but at the same time that they create a positive learning environment for all kids. No-one should fall through the cracks. I have worked hard to ensure the district is fiscally responsible and is a good steward of tax payer dollars. I am proud of Post Falls and the District.

I have never rubber stamped anything in my life and if someone really cared about our schools and our kids they would do some research before writing these articles and columns. I grew up on a small farm in North Dakota with 9 brothers and sisters. I worked multiple jobs to put myself through college and graduated in 4 years (with honors) with a Bachelor of Science in economics. I have 32 years of experience in the business world. I have managed offices in Billings, Montana, Minneapolis, and here in the Northwest. I successfully worked in the public and private sectors; I oversaw the dissolution of the largest crop insurance company in the US. I have two USDA Secretarial Honors Awards and I have served on dozens of boards and committees. I have 25 years of professional personnel experience including hiring employees, conducting performance reviews and terminating employment when necessary. And probably most important for this election, I have 2 kids who spent their entire K-12 education in Post Falls; I have 16 years of experience volunteering in the Post Falls school district serving 8 years on the board, serving on PTO’s, strategic planning committees and as a board member of the Post Falls Education Foundation where a dedicated group of volunteers have raised over $430,000 to benefit our schools.

This election should focus on the qualifications of the actual candidates, their experience and backgrounds, and their understanding of what it takes to make schools successful, NOT on whether or not they are a member of certain political party.

Two things I can agree with Mr. Ward on. First, with regards to the emphasis on the conservative voters of Kootenai County, I agree. I believe it would be very hard (in Idaho) to find a school district that is run more conservatively with more educational achievements than Post Falls. I am proud of my involvement with that. Second, I agree that our schools should be managed in the interests of the students, parents and taxpayers. I will let my actions and records speak to that, but I do have to ask Mr. Ward and his wife (my opponent) where they have been over the past 16 years when I have been working hard to make our schools better. I will proudly put my record up against anyone. Whether elected or not, I will continue to work hard to ensure a quality fiscally responsible public education system for ALL kids in the State of Idaho.

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  • Thaddeus posted at 10:49 am on Mon, May 13, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    "How can she claim to have been a college professor when she doesn't even have a college degree?"

    My guess is it was probably "Buffet` Etiquette 101".

  • HardWorkPaysOff posted at 8:51 pm on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    HardWorkPaysOff Posts: 7

    mister d, while I do not know what Mr. Paul's opponent was doing during those years, she can tell you herself what she was doing in the past two years:

    The content of her tweets indicate what's important to her. Funny, I don't see anything about education or children. Most Tweets are about TV show content.

    Her campaign pamphlet is the best work of fiction I've read in a while. How can she claim to have been a college professor when she doesn't even have a college degree?

    I am confident that anyone with a lick of sense can smell this for what it is: a husband spewing hatred who has forced his wife to run for office. Puppet show, anyone?

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 11:32 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    Agreed - the links creep me out. Look who the President of "Balance" is - a P.R. firm. In other words, she is adept at propaganda. Wolves in sheeps clothing. At least with partisan candidates, one has a better idea of what they are really going to do when they get in.

  • mister d posted at 6:04 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Excellent response Mr. Paul. I also wondered what your opponent had been doing during the years of their daughter's education in Post Falls from 2004 until she graduated in 2010. I'm sure if she was involved in the school system in any pertinent way she would have said - but alas, she apparently was not involved at all. This is not the kind of person I would want for my School Board member. Although I cannot vote in Post Falls, you, Mr. Paul, are someone with qualifications I would definitely vote for.

  • whatwillbe53 posted at 3:05 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    I understood from Mike Patrick's editorial that deviant hyperlinks would no longer be allowed. It is impossible to put a hyperlink on the printed page. If I email a story, the hyperlink would be embedded, but the HTML code is easily discerned. Even after publishing such code, I understand the Press' late commitment was to eliminate such links before going active.

    A hyperlink to 'school board' needs only direct the reader to WIKI for a definition of what one is and how it works, not mug shots of one political party.

    I do not understand why the double standard for progressives prevails.

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