Metro Buzz: Three EBR school board candidates skip luncheon debate forum Candidates face no opposition at event ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT Nov. 21, 2014 Six chairs were set out at Drusilla Seafood on Thursday for a luncheon debate forum for East Baton Rouge School Board candidates who have advanced to the Dec. 6 runoff election. But only three people showed up to fill them, making it a one-sided affair. Jean Armstrong, president of Leaders With Vision and former president of the Louisiana League of Women Voters in Baton Rouge, said two of the no-shows, Evelyn Ware-Jackson in District 5 and Chris Bailey in District 8, had confirmed the week before they would come. A third, Mark Bellue in District 1, said he might, Armstrong said. “If the candidates won’t answer to the voters during the campaign what makes you think they will answer to them after they are elected?” Armstrong asked. The three candidates who skipped the luncheon are all endorsed and have received substantial money from the political arm of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and groups and individuals connected with Baton Rouge businessman Lane Grigsby. Ware-Jackson is an incumbent seeking a second term; Bailey and Bellue are newcomers. The three who showed are Jennifer Andrews in District 1, Jerry Arbour in District 5, and Connie Bernard in District 8. Andrews is a newcomer, while Arbour and Bernard are incumbents seeking re-election. The panelists were Billy Arcement, former president of the Louisiana School Boards Association; Michael Faulk, superintendent of Central public schools; Jocelyn Harrison, chair of Southern University’s Education Theory, Policy and Practice department; and Jan Moller, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, a liberal think tank based in Baton Rouge. The most awkward moment came when it came time for the candidates to question their missing opponents at the forum. “Why is it you are willing to serve on the School Board and yet you are not willing to send your own kid to the school system?” Andrews asked the missing Bellue. “I would have asked why my opponent voted to reapportion and reduce the size of the School Board from 11 to nine members knowing full well it would take the voice from a lot of people,” Arbour said to the missing Ware-Jackson. “How are the residents of Baton Rouge and District 8 to trust you when you spread lies about another candidate?” Bernard asked the missing Bailey. Leaders With Vision have posted a video of the forum here.
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Contact: Jean Armstrong CPC, CED, President Leaders With Vision 225/927-2255 “Never underestimate the power of knowledge & passion” Leaders With Vision (LWVision) announced today that the September 18, 2014 Public Policy luncheon forum will be “A Dialog on PARCC – … Continue reading
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Dear LWVision members and friends, Please consider this a personal request to attend and/or support Leaders With Vision’s Annual Fundraiser: 2014 Annual Reality Check Luncheon on June 3rd at Drusilla Place by inviting a friend to join you on June 3, 2014, purchasing your ticket or … Continue reading