April 14th, 2021
Linn Dems to consider GAPS school board candidate endorsements on April 17
If you've been reading local or statewide news, its apparent that Albany is quickly becoming the next target in a sweeping effort to roll back diversity, equity and inclusivity in our education system, and to silence our neighbors from underrepresented communities. Intimidation and threats have been levied against the parents and children who've had the courage to share their own lived experiences, leading to even more marginalized voices being silenced. Instead of leading, some school board candidates are perpetuating the vitriol.
The three candidates with support from conservative organizations, conservative leaders and political action committees have coordinated their campaigns in order to stoke anger and propagate misinformation regarding district power in school openings, school resource officers, and more.
Their campaigns are doing nothing but pitting parents against one another in an effort to score political points. You don't have to look too hard at their voters' pamphlet statements, their social media posts or their press releases to see that they have no real plans, only anger and empty rhetoric. But there is hope.
There are several progressive-minded candidates running for Albany School Board as well in the May 18 Special District Election, and those individuals have a positive vision for improving educational outcomes, resources for kids returning to classes, and they understand that we do better as a community when all voices are heard, valued and considered. It is for this reason the Linn County Democrats will hold a special session, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, on Zoom (registration required), to endorse in the Greater Albany Public Schools races. There is too much on the line, and we must do our part to help defeat those who would love to tear down the progress that has been made.
We hope you will join us in our work to make Albany, and all of Linn County, a community that truly respects and values all voices and one that we can all be proud to call home.
Linn County Democrats Chair
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