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Two file as write-in candidates for city school board, New Haven city commission

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 — Bardstown Attorney Jason Floyd has entered the race for a seat on the school board of the Bardstown City Schools.

Floyd, 46, a resident of East Brashear, filed his intent to run as a write-in candidate on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in the Nelson County Clerk’s office. He is seeking one of the three open seats on the city school board.

JASON FLOYD

Floyd’s name will not appear on the general election ballot for the office of school board; however, any voter who writes in his name will have their vote counted.

Floyd is the fifth candidate to file for one of the three city school board seats. The three Incumbent board members — Jim Roby, Jennifer Shrewsbury and Kathy Reed — filed to keep their seats; Donna Molyneaux was the fourth candidate to file in August.

In a Facebook post, Floyd wrote about his decision to file as a candidate for school board:

“I have great passion for the Bardstown City School system. I have been fully invested in it financially and through time as a volunteer for many, many years. I send all four of my children to that school system. Sam is a junior at the high school. Charlie is an 8th grader, and John a 6th grader, at the middle school. Katy is a 4th grader at the elementary school. I would not send them there if I did not have great faith in the school system and the top-drawer talent of many teachers and staff in the system.

I served several terms on the SBDM Council at the Primary School; am an officer with the Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education; work tirelessly with the high school Century Club; was a volunteer coach in various sports at the schools for several years, and have volunteered both time and money to many other school projects and events over the years. I have advised the schools infrequently, from time to time, on legal matters that have come before it. I have relationships with many teachers and administrators throughout the school system which I feel are solid, and I think, to a person, they will tell you that I “call it like I see it.”

With that passion comes great interest in the relationship of the school system to the rest of the community and the school system navigating its way through these trying times that we live in. I have great concern about taxes, as many of you do. While I make no commitment one way or another on tax issues without looking at actual numbers, I believe that, in addition to their commitment to the children and teachers of the school system the school board also has to be accountable to those who elected them and cannot merely act as a rubber stamp on fiscal or any other issues. I also have great concern that school systems have become a target for weaponization and politicization of various issues, and I am committed to the prevention of that (from either side) at all cost. I am concerned about the changing nature of curriculum, sending students out into the world, the treatment and compensation of education professionals, and many other issues that mark our times. What it requires of a person running for school board is HARD WORK. You cannot just show up and idly nod and agree with everything recommended to you. I am a hard worker, and a critical thinker.

My Facebook page has almost always been public; as many of you know well I am not shy about sharing my thoughts and opinions, and I will always give straightforward and hopefully polite answers to any questions you may wish to ask me.”

NEW HAVEN COMMISSION WRITE-IN. Lois Boley, 71, a resident of North First Street, filed Friday as a write-in candidate for the office of New Haven city commissioner.

Boley’s name will not be on the ballot, but write-in votes for her will be counted. Only two individuals filed to run for one of the four seats on the city commission.

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