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Ken Woods to vacate Red Clay board seat!

Ken Woods elected to New Castle County Council , The News Journal

Democrat Ken Woods was elected Tuesday to the New Castle County Council seat that opened after the death of Joe Reda.

Woods defeated Republican Douglas Suiter in a special election to represent communities from Elsmere to eastern Christiana on the 13-member panel.

He pulled 777 votes, about 70 percent, to Suiter’s 328 votes, according to unofficial results. Woods will serve the remainder of Reda’s term, which ends in 2018. Council members serve four-year terms.

Woods is a business representative for the local Sheet Metal Workers Union and a regular face in local politics.

He was chairman of the Democratic Committee in his representative district for nearly a decade. He is also an elected member of the Red Clay School Board since 2008. He said he will vacate his school board seat for his County Council duties.

Congratulations Ken and thank you for the great work on Red Clay school board!

 

Sen Chris Coons steps up and steps in to stop the IRS money grab re:student loans

Senators Seek Student Loan Tax Break for Severely Disabled, Including Vets By Kellie Lunney May 3, 2016

The Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act would eliminate the tax that the Internal Revenue Service levies on forgiven student loan debt, considered income, as a result of death or disability. The bill also would relieve the tax debt on discharged student loans for families whose child has died, or has developed permanent disabilities.

The Education Department and many private student loan lenders forgive student loans on behalf of borrowers if their child dies, or the borrowers themselves are rendered permanently disabled or develop severe chronic health conditions. But the IRS tax penalty on the cancelled debt can be thousands of dollars.

“Taxing people who have had their federal and private student loans canceled due to a total and permanent disability or because of the death of their child is grossly unfair and defeats the purpose of those loan cancellation programs,” said Persis Yu, director of the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project.

About time someone steps up and steps in!

Lawyers for two Howard High girls rushing to trial setting the stage for double jeopardy insurance card

Trial date set for 2 charged in fatal Howard high assault , The News Journal

A June trial date has been scheduled for two of the three 16-year-old girls charged in the fatal assault of a Howard High School of Technology student last month in Wilmington.

Both Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright were set to have a hearing Thursday morning. But after their attorneys waived the arraignment hearings, a trial date was scheduled in Family Court for June 15. The two girls are charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy, which is punishable by up to one year in prison.

Nice tactic on the lawyers part! Speedy trial in case charges are upgraded! Get it over-with June 15 and take the 3 years probation and counseling and girls can’t be retried! Double Jeopardy card sits in the legal eagle’s back-pocket !   

Because neither of the other two girls hit Amy nor had prior arrests, prosecutors have said the two will be tried as juveniles in Family Court.

And Amy never killed before stays dead forever! O wait ! My bad! she died from a heart-attack! 

Investigators determined the fight was a planned confrontation in the girls bathroom, but only Carr hit Amy, according to a statement by the state Attorney General’s Office. 

Planned confrontation my ass! It was a planned attack! Sure perhaps they weren’t out to kill but the were out to attack!  

OMG ! Rep Joe Miro hits a grand-slam re: WEIC Plan

Redistricting plan passes first test in Legislature , The News Journal

A plan to redistrict Wilmington schools took its first positive steps in the General Assembly on Wednesday, but it is clear supporters still have some convincing to do.

Eight of the 14 members of the House Education Committee — all Democrats — voted to send the plan to the full House of Representatives.

There was Race to The Top and no with this race to nowhere! 

Miro said he wouldn’t speak for all his fellow Republicans, but he said he opposes the plan, primarily because there has not been a firm price tag set. The lack of a definitive cost has caused consternation for many lawmakers, including some Democrats.

In order for redistricting to be successful, the commission says the affected districts will need money to make the switch but, more importantly, they will need more funding to address the needs of their kids who are fighting poverty-related problems like homelessness, hunger and violence.

Miro calls it! Underfunded legislation! Few million to get the ball rolling then the Red Clay local taxpayer will fill all the $$$$$$ holes!

Folks the poverty shift that will be bore on Red Clay’s back will cause a major setback of any advancement Red Clay made over the years. Wilmington Charter will be ask to find their our home and vacate “Wilmington High School”.

One thing not being address is the “capital” needs to upgrade the Christina school Red Clay will inherit! Easily 100 million dollars in capital funding will be needed to modernize those schools. 

The final cost depends on how widely lawmakers spread the extra poverty funding: there have been estimates floated of $9 million for just districts affected by redistricting, $15 million for schools in each of the three counties, and $50 million for the whole state.

With no sustainability !

“I think lots of schools, not just Wilmington, could use that extra funding,” said Miro, who sits on the finance committee. “But we cannot be assured that the money is there, and we cannot be sure that it would be sustainable in the future even if we did it this year.”

Listen up Red Clay School Board! Joe pegged it !

If a future governor or Legislature fails to continue the extra poverty funding, Miro says Red Clay residents like those in his district would be left holding the bag.

You mean take it up the ass! 

Jaques acknowledged cost is an issue he and other supporters need to resolve.

“It is a legitimate question. We’re just not there yet,” he said.

Jaques said he’s hopeful the bill will pass, but he acknowledged the signals from Wednesday’s meeting show the votes aren’t there yet.

Code for I’ll vote for it and fuck the Red Clay taxpayers!

 

Victory in Brandywine re: referendum!But still changes in school funding needed

Brandywine referendum passes in landslide , The News Journal

The Brandywine School District referendum passed by a wide margin on Tuesday night.

Over 9,500 residents voted for the referendum with 5,780 voting against it, according to unofficial results from the New Castle County Department of Elections.

Total voter turnout dwarfed the roughly 7,600 who cast ballots in the March referendum, which failed to pass by a slim margin.

“We have a very strong school district,” said Superintendent Mark Holodick on Tuesday night after the results came in.

I am glad to see the Brandywine community come out and support “their” children! However, the time has come to end the referendum process and fund all Delaware public schools like votechs via legislation. 

Will charter school be required to have in-school suspension re:

148th General Assembly
Senate Bill 239

 

Co-Sponsors:

Sens. Hall-Long, McDowell, Poore, Sokola; Reps. Bolden, Keeley, Lynn, Paradee, K. Williams


Introduced On:

05/03/2016


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE LAWFUL AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS OVER PUPILS.


Synopsis of Original Bill:

(without Amendments)

According to data provided by the Delaware Department of Education (“DOE”), thousands of Delaware students receive out-of-school suspensions each year for minor infractions, such as being unprepared or late for class, dress code violations, and disrespectful behavior. In 2013, only 2% of out-of-school suspensions were for serious offenses such as weapons, drugs, or serious violence. Out-of-school suspensions do not address the root causes for the misbehavior, and only serve to put the students further behind in class. Furthermore, DOE data shows that, in 2013, African-American students made up only 32% of the student body, but accounted for 62% of out-of-school suspension, and students with disabilities made up 13% of the student body, but accounted for 24% of out-of-school suspensions.

Delaware, like many states around the U.S., is part of a disturbing trend known as the “school to prison pipeline.” New federal discipline guidance, developed jointly by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, instruct schools to commit to regular evaluation of school discipline policies and practices, and monitor progress toward the schools’ climate and discipline goals. This process requires schools to first collect and publicly report disaggregated student discipline data, and solicit feedback from students, staff, families, and community representatives.

This Act furthers those goals by replacing out-of-school suspensions with more effective and restorative interventions, and require school districts and charter schools that suspend defined numbers of students or suspensions disparities to take meaningful corrective action by implementing restorative justice practices and smart discipline advisory committees. The schools in need of intervention are defined schools with high rates of suspension in the following categories:

(1) All students.
(2) Students belonging to 1 or more subgroups, such as students of specified racial subgroups or with disabilities.
(3) Schools with a significant disparity in suspension rates between racial subgroups or between students with disabilities and students without disabilities.

This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the guidelines of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.

Author: Senator Henry


Current Status:

Senate Education Committee   On  05/03/2016

Laced within this legislation is the underlying issue of disparities in discipline of white and black students.

” In 2013, only 2% of out-of-school suspensions were for serious offenses such as weapons, drugs, or serious violence.”

This notation suggest the 98% of other reasons for out-of-school suspension was minor and trivial. However, let’s be real! Most of the 98% is for disrespectful and disruptive behaviors. Also, fighting.

Sure it all makes sense , out-of-school suspensions takes away from learning! But if learning is that important to these kids and parents, why in the hell don’t they follow the rules?

What will happen here is many of these kids will be dumped back in the classroom because there is not funding for in-school suspension.

As far as the minority factors, the root cause may be racism on part of the school staff. Teachers will be once again required to suck it up and allow disruptive students take more control of the classroom. 

Looks like once again U.S. Department of Education has their nose in local control. Folks there is no money to support expansion of in-school intervention for these kids.

Perhaps there should be legislation holding parents more accountable for their child’s class room behavior! Make mom or dad come in as sit with their darling disruptive child.

As far as children with disabilities, obviously some have less self-control than those who don’t have disabilities.

Will this legislation apply to many cash-strapped charter schools? Funding needs to be a factor in consideration of passage of this legislation.      

Did Delaware AG botch murder of Howard High girl?

Doctors dispute Delaware student’s cause of death , The News Journal

“Atrial septal defect is not a cause of sudden death,” said Dr. Samuel Gidding, chief of cardiology for Nemours/A.I duPont Hospital for Children.

Gidding was adamant that the investigative and media’s focus should be on Joyner-Francis’s assault, not her heart condition, repeating that he has never heard of any cases of atrial septal defect causing sudden cardiac death.

Even “if “there was no intent to kill the Howard Student by hee female attacker ; the facts remains she died! It was murder or at best manslaughter. 

The Attorney General’s Office would not address the doctors’ contentions Friday. It stands by the medical examiner’s findings and its charging decisions.

Very sad Matt !

“As indicated when charges were filed, the autopsy did not detect any internal injuries or significant blunt force injuries,” a statement by the AG’s Office reads, “and the medical examiner’s office that actually examined Amy ruled that it was as a result of her cardiac condition.”

Not Commotio cordis ?

The Cincinnati cardiologist said that to rule a heart defect as a cause of death, a medical examiner should call in an expert in the particular defect. The medical examiner would not answer questions about the investigation so it is not known whether an expert was involved.

A spokeswoman for the Delaware Division of Forensic Science said they would not comment.

Denn stands by Delaware ME’s findings yet ME when assistant Philly ME says this March 27, 213  BECAUSE LIFE IS A NIGHTMARE ; A Blog about Goings-on in Philadelphia and the World

At this point, Dr. Collins points out that just because a death certificate is issued, doesn’t mean the case is over-far from it. The initial death certificate is basically just to let families bury their dead. If the death is suspicious, or complicated, the ME’s office will stay on it until they’re satisfied with the results of their investigations. Dr. Collins mentions that often times “external information” can change the death certificate, and can occur months or years after the death itself. He also points out that death certificates change “all the time” and there is no set time period, or statute of limitations of changing a death certificate. ADA Cameron asks for some examples of external information. Dr. Collins has a long list of examples; toxicology reports typically take at least 6 weeks to come back to the lab (long after the initial death certificate has been issued.) Other examples included investigative information, tissue sample test results, blood results, follow up records from medical facilities, previously withheld family histories…the list went on, and on.

 

Kilroy’s one-man fight for transparency of Delaware’s school boards

On January 24, 2009 I sent this E-mail to Red Clay’s school board and superintendent Bob A.  

I feel the board needs to change board policy to never vote on an item submitted by a board member during the meeting in progress. Start the discussion however defer any action aka vote until the next meeting. Make a motion to put it on the next board meeting action items unless issue is in regards to safety or health risks.

I strongly suggest that recording of board meetings be changed from taped to digital recordings. This way the sound file of any preliminary discussion can be E-mailed to any member not present or to board members who wish to review the discussion. Let’s take the time to have full discussions and time to digest!

Also, if the board is bold enough I suggest digital recordings be placed on the district’s webpage as a sound file. Lets invest in the future.

Sincerely John Allison

And this blog post; Red Clay mushrooms grow better in the dark April 29, 2009

And this blog post; Red Clay’s Dr. Merv delivers test audio recording of board meeting as promised / September 20 , 2010.

Done deal Merv makes executive decision with board’s bless to record public sessions of school board meetings.

Christina School board one-ups Merv February 2011 with a “board” policy to record their meetings.

  

DE State Board of Ed discusses recordings of meetings

FROM DE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MARCH 17, 2011

THERE WAS DISCUSSION ON DISTRICTS  PROVIDING AN AUDIO RECORDING OF MEETINGS AND DR. LOWERY INDICATED THAT SOME DISTRICTS CURRENTLY PROVIDE A RECORDING ON THEIR WEBSITES.

Damn right Lillian , Kilroy is coming for the State Board of Education to record their public meetings

You damn right ! House Bill #26 w/HA 3 clears Delaware House of Representatives. Kilroy with some help of Dave Jones (R.I.P) convinced Rep Hudson to hear me out. She ask the I send her a rough legislation draft. I did and she and former state Rep Willis move H.B# 26 forward. This legislation would required the state board to record their meetings. I used Red Clay and Christina’s voluntary recording of their board meetings as a stepping stone.

  

146th General Assembly
House Bill # 26 w/HA 3

 

Primary Sponsor:

Willis

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Lavelle & Rep. Hudson & Sen. Katz & Sen. Lawson & Sen. Simpson

CoSponsors:

Reps. Manolakos, Ramone, Walker, Wilson, Kowalko; Sens. Peterson, Sorenson

Introduced on :

01/25/2011

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

Synopsis:

This bill requires that all public meetings of the State Board of Education be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the Department of Education’s website within one business day. The recordings will not be considered the official Board minutes.
Red Clay Consolidated School District has been, as of September 2010, providing the public with digital recordings of their Board public session meetings via the District’s website. The Christina School District School Board enacted a policy to provide digital recordings of their public session meetings and expects to be online in January 2011.

Current Status:

Signed   On   06/08/2011

Volume Chapter

78:45

Date Governor acted:

06/08/2011

Full text of Legislation:

(in HTML format)

Legis.html

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Full text of Legislation:

(in MS Word format)

Legis.Docx   (Microsoft Word is required to view this document.)

 

Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:

F/N (Complete)

Amendments:

HA 1 to HB 26 – Stricken
HA 2 to HB 26 – Stricken
HA 3 to HB 26 – Passed

Committee Reports:


House Committee Report 03/16/11 F=5 M=6 U=0—->Committee Report
Senate Committee report 05/10/11 F=0 M=4 U=0—–>Committee Report

Voting Reports:


House vote: () Passed 3/31/2011 5:50:13 PM——->Voting Record
Senate vote: () Passed 6/1/2011 4:40:24 PM——->Voting Record

Fiscal Notes:


Fiscal Note——->Fiscal Note

Engrossed Version:


Engrossment——->Engrossment

Actions History:

Jun 08, 2011 – Signed by Governor
Jun 01, 2011 – Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 10, 2011 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
Apr 05, 2011 – Assigned to Education Committee in Senate
Mar 31, 2011 – Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 1 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Mar 31, 2011 – Amendment HA 3 – Passed in House by Voice Vote
Mar 31, 2011 – Amendment HA 2 – Stricken
Mar 31, 2011 – Amendment HA 1 – Stricken
Mar 31, 2011 – Amendment HA 3 – Introduced and Placed With Bill
Mar 22, 2011 – Amendment HA 2 – Introduced and Placed With Bill
Mar 16, 2011 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 5 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits
Mar 16, 2011 – Amendment HA 1 – Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jan 25, 2011 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

DONE DEAL !! SIGNED BY MARKELL June 8 , 2011 !!! I was shock that made it through Dover that quick! However , a unique political card was played

On to requiring all traditional school districts, Votech districts and charter school boards to record the public session of their board meetings.

In comes H.B.#23 introduced January 23, 2013 and yep, Kilory wrote the rough draft and ask Red Hudson to introduce it. She ask that I seek other sponsors and cosponsors  and I did! Sadly H.B# 23 was used as a political football for two years dying at the end of the 146th legislative session! H.B. 23 made it out of house education committee and house approbations committee and was desk-drawer veto by Speaker of The House Pete! Hudson was backed in a corner by others pushing her to support certain legislation she didn’t agree with. H.B 23 was held hostage! * by this time Capital School District join Red Clay and Christina to voluntarily record their meetings! 

My Blog post March 24, 2015 ; H.B.23 returns from the dead re: H.B. 61 On May 06 ,2015 is mustard Housed Education Committee

And in comes 2016 : * by this time Delmar, Brandywine ,Colonial and Appoquinimink School districts join the other district who volunteered to record their ,board meetings and do make note, I lobbied board members at each of the school districts. Also make note. every traditional public school districts in New Castle County was on board voluntarily.  

May 11, 2016 – Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Mar 23, 2016 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 1 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
Mar 10, 2016 – Assigned to Education Committee in Senate
Mar 10, 2016 – Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 06, 2015 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 4 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
Mar 24, 2015 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

A special thanks goes to Rep Hudson (Publius relax, another blog post will follow) and all the sponsors and cosponsors. John Young thank you for all your support (you too Liz ) in the initial movement bring Christina on board with that board policy change. Rep Kim Williams , you were my rock! Yvonne thanks for the down to the wire rally. Kevin, thank you for all your support! 

As you can see this was a 7 years journey full of ups and downs and many setbacks! Will it make a difference, the ability for the public and legislators to listen to recordings of board meeting? I think so! And one of the bonuses is, the public can hear this month’s meeting and know what will be voted on next month. Before, meetings minutes (printed) of current month’s board meeting wasn’t public until they were approved at the next meeting. Do make note, the recordings are not official minutes but only a meanings to communicate and more effectively engage the community.

I’ve been “actively” involved in the Delaware education issues since 1995 and blogging since 2006 with over 2 million visits! I wanted to make sure I left some “tangible” behind when I depart this Earth. Sadly I had to use ugly blog tactics along the way. But so remember , the non-verbal obscenities of the Delaware way where money and powers pushes the little guy aside if far worst the my verbal abuse!

If anything, I represent one person who can fight his way through they political system without special interest lobbyist but with friends new and old and those who believe in transparency of our public schools and government.

More to come ………….. Now I am free to tell an amazing story about Johnny can’t read!      

H.B.#61 clears Delaware Senate and on the way to Gov. Markell

House Bill 61

Primary Sponsor(s):

Hudson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson


Co-Sponsors:

Reps. Briggs King, Dukes, Hensley, Yearick, Baumbach, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, K. Williams; Sens. Bonini, Lavelle


Introduced On:

03/24/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.


Synopsis of Original Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.
Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.
The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.


Current Status:

Senate Passed   On  05/11/2016 05:09:22 PM

Lizzie takes it in a landslide re: Christina School Board

Nominating District “B” – Term expires June 30, 2021
Margaret C. Mason: Declared elected because there was no opponent

Nominating District “F” – Term expires June 30, 2021

Building

Desiree Brady

Elizabeth C. Paige

Total

408

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Capital School District Community ! VOTE LIKE THIS

Christina Board Member Rallies For Elizabeth Paige While Discussing Some Pretty Massive Problems With The District & Board

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Christina School District Board of Education member John Young posted this tonight on his Facebook account.  I agree with a lot of what he said.  I haven’t written a lot about the divisiveness I believe is going on up there.  In my opinion, it is corruption at its finest.  Yes, I have my own election to worry about tomorrow.  But I’m glad John put into words what he has been feeling, as have many others.  It concerns me because I can see some parallels in Capital School District.  While the board doesn’t seem to have these kind of issues and the level of manipulation isn’t as high, it is, to some degree, present.  This is a long post from John Young, but it is well worth the read.  If you live up in Christina, please vote for Elizabeth Paige.  She earned her stripes a long time ago and Christina would…

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Bias News Journal talks of social media responsibility re: Howard High!

Social media rumors difficult to fight , and , The News Journal

For more than two weeks, many people in Delaware and beyond believed that Amy Inita Joyner-Francis was beaten to death inside the girls bathroom at Howard High School of Technology.

I thought she died from a heart-attack? 

That “knowledge” came from social media rumors because no official source confirmed anything until Monday when the Attorney General’s Office issued a release saying that Amy died of cardiac arrest after being repeatedly punched in the face and chest. It also announced that three teen girls at the school were being charged in her death.

I thought she died from being beaten to death ?

The lack of confirmation did not stop some media outlets from spreading some of the false details.

Well it looks like she was beaten so hard in the chest it triggered a heart-attack! Amy died because she was murdered ! 

And city and state elected officials, in calling for changes to prevent another school attack, repeated many of the unconfirmed rumors.

If there was no death in this case we wouldn’t hear shit from many elected officials! Where are the elected officials supporting the cries of Skyline’s parents and student?

Experts say a reason for that is people’s need to fill a vacuum of information. And many people, especially young people, believe what they read if it is posted by those in their social media circles.

In the case of the News Journal people seek more information because of the NJ’s bias reporting and dropping to their knees for Rodel and Markell.

They news Journal refuses to report the color of a criminal wanted for a crime or description of the attacked or robber! Yet they have no problem releasing names of minor in the Howard High Case! Two of the girls didn’t even touch Amy! 

What happen at Howard High was a school-yard fight gone bad! And yes those involved must pay the piper! 

The root of the problem goes beyond the walls of area high schools or the confines of social media, said D.J. Saunders, a 2015 graduate of Dickinson High School in Pike Creek, who knew Joyner-Francis. Growing up in Wilmington, gang shootings create a violent atmosphere that can spread to people not involved in those crimes, he said. Saunders had been involved in violent acts in the past, he said, but declined to elaborate except to attribute it to the city’s toxic environment.

Code for ; if you can’t fix the street, you can’t fix the school!

None of us have the right answer ! Amy is gone and her family will suffer the loss forever.

So what to do with these three girls? Will they become the poster children for real change in Wilmington? Or will they melt into the street after their release or probation? 

Kilroy’s pick for selected school board elections

Delaware school board elections Tuesday , The News Journal

School board seats across Delaware are up for election on Tuesday, but only a handful are contested.

Kilroy calls it for these races :

Christina:  Winner ; Elizabeth Paige (get out and vote of Liz)

Christina: Winner ; David Resler (get out and vote for David)

Laurel :Loser;  Vanderslice gets walking papers! (get out and vote NO)

Capital: Winner Kevin Ohlandt   (get out and vote for Kevin)