April 1, 2018 – West Bend, WI – I write this to caution voters to beware of false conservatives. We have a sitting school board full of people who campaigned as conservatives, but their actions and decisions since have been anything but. In my opinion, they have run off excellent administrators, reduced accountability standards, are looking to spend more on facilities more quickly than previously planned, and seek to modify the teacher’s compensation structure for the worse.
At the recent candidate forum, one of the candidates stated, “we’re four conservatives” – I am very skeptical that is accurate. Based on working with him my last year on the Board, I am confident that Monte Schmiege is a solid candidate and deserves re-election. He is impeccably prepared for every issue, consistently seeks to further his knowledge, and weighs every decision with all stakeholders in mind. My second choice will be Mary Weigand, who has been involved in school board issues for many years, cares about what we are teaching and how we can provide the best education for our kids. The other two candidates are solid community members, and have fine qualifications, but I am leery of what has happened the past two years.
On other races, we need to elect Judge Screnock to the Supreme Court, because a solid majority is needed to fend off the continued assault on the positive reforms of the past 8 years. We need to vote “Yes” on the state referendum to eliminate the useless State Treasurer’s office. On the city referendum questions, I feel our debt is still very high and additional spending is not necessary – no matter where you live, an alderman’s most-complained about item is the streets – anyone that travels around knows ours are no worse than others.
West Bend School Board Member 2010-2016, Board President 2011-2016
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