October 3, 2022

School board race should be about students, not politics

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Rhoda T. London

Duval County School Board building.

In 2010, the Supreme Court unleashed a monster when it approved basically unlimited political donations by corporations and individuals. In our tech-dependent world, it’s highly likely that winning candidates will be the ones with the most money to spend on various forms or advertising. As such, I find the huge amount of support pouring in from other states for Florida candidates to be unfair and frightening. 

For example, the candidate running against Elizabeth Andersen (for District 2, the Beaches seat on the Duval school board) is April Carney, who apparently has the backing of Steve Bannon. The former political strategist hosted Carney on his podcast — “Bannon’s War Room” — last November, urging his audience to follow and support her campaign.  

While this may not constitute a formal endorsement (and whether or not I approve of the choice), that is not the issue here. Why in the world is someone urging support on a national level for a candidate in Jacksonville? 



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