Republicans’ school board slate unveiled

Photos by CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—District 51 School Board candidates Mike Lowenstein, above, John Sluder, below, and Pat Kanda, bottom, were invited to an event in Grand Junction on Sunday that was hosted by Mesa County Republican Women. Lowenstein, Sluder and Kanda have the backing of the organization, its president said. Four other candidates are running for the three board seats, which are up for election in November.



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Photos by CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel—District 51 School Board candidates Mike Lowenstein, above, John Sluder, below, and Pat Kanda, bottom, were invited to an event in Grand Junction on Sunday that was hosted by Mesa County Republican Women. Lowenstein, Sluder and Kanda have the backing of the organization, its president said. Four other candidates are running for the three board seats, which are up for election in November.

Three of the seven District 51 School Board candidates introduced themselves at a public event for the first time since officially becoming candidates Sunday afternoon at a Mesa County…




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A new low by Grand valley republicans in politicizing education through school board elections.  Gives me a great reason to vote for anybody not associated with a political party.  I would say the same thing had it been the democratic women’s club of Mesa county with direction from the Democratic Party!  Oh wait, they have enough common sense to not organize such an event.

It’s ashame the 3 candidates attended such an event as well.

There are many questions that should be asked at this point. First why are the Republicans promoting candidates in a non-partisan race? Second, and this is really subtle… Secretary of State Scott Gessler changed the campaign finance rules exempting groups like the Republican Women from reporting their income and expenses because they are not working to elect candidates. (His analysis, not mine.) If they are not working to elect candidates, I’ll eat my shoe. This looks like a violation of campaign finance rules to me. How much did these women spend on this event? Where did their money come from? Why are they not reporting their activities to the Secretary of State?

Here is a link to the Campaign Finance Rules: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/CampaignFinance/files/CPFManual.pdf

Kanda’s Cherry Creek statement is out of left field.  Does he really know where he is living?  Mesa County has lagged severely in economic recovery in relation to the rest of the state. This county has been listed as one of the best places to retire in the nation.  Why would anyone want to retire here in this severely economically depressed area?  One huge reason is this county has successfully kept the cost of education down.  Cost containment is a noble goal, but this county is in the bottom 10% of the state. Cost containment is not the goal…effective use of the tax dollar is a better goal. CONTINUOUS voting down of school levies in this county is a retirement goal not good for our children. Since most retirees are Republicans, all I can say to my fellow Republicans is STOP BEING SO SELFISH….these may not be your direct grandkids but they are every ones future. Do right by them, as our grandparents did for us.

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