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Letter: School Board Campaign Signs, Ballots Cause Confusion

The following two yard signs are displayed in yards for the public to see who is running for school board seats:

Vote Republican School Board (Red Sign): Michelle Pelna, James Read, Menno Riggleman, Michael Martin.

(Black Sign): Andrew Esoldo, Kelly Fuddy, Erin Grosh

The morning of Nov. 1, I called the secretary of the EASD school board and asked how many candidates are running for the school board seats being vacated by Robert S. Cronin 2017, Dr. Ronald Grenko 2017, (Dr. Grenko took Michael Nicodemus seat when he resigned, this seat will be filled by Michael Martin who will serve a two-year term. I was told Mr. Martin is running uncontested but he is on the Vote Republican School Board Sign. What I find confusing is the EASD website, next to Dr. Ronald Grenko name, states the term for this seat expires in 2017.) Chris S. Olnick 2017, Michelle J. Pelna 2017, Jeffrey D. Philips 2017.

There are five seats open for this election. The secretary told me there are four Democrats on the ballot and four Republicans on the ballot. The four Democrats are Erin Grosh, Kelly Fuddy, Michelle Pelna, and Andrew Esoldo. The four Republicans on the ballot are Erin Grosh, Machelle Pelna, James Read, Menno Riggleman. Why are the signs so different from who is on the ballots? I learned that two of the candidates are on both the Democratic and Republican ballots; they are Erin Grosh and Machelle Pelna, who is running for another four-year term. How is this honest campaigning for an EASD school board seat? Why isn’t Erin Grosh on the red sign and why isn’t Michelle Pelna on the black sign? It seems clear to me that two of these candidates have a decided advantage of being elected to the school board because they are on both ballots. How is this fair to the other candidates? How is this just? If the candidates’ signs say one thing and the ballot says something else the electorate is be deceived. We are already concerned with gerrymandering in our state and now we have to be concerned with two party candidates preventing the electorate from have a clear choice of who they want to have represent them in a government position. A school board seat is a government position. The seat comes with the power to levy taxes. The taxpayer has the right to know that the representative they elected to office has integrity, is honest, and is truthful. More importantly we want the EASD to be above reproach and exemplary as an educational institution in Lancaster County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

ROBERT YAHARA

Elizabethtown

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