The old saying goes “all politics is local.” With the focus on the Progressives in WADC it’s no wonder people have a hard time remembering this fact. News flash: Liberty has a school board election in April! Now I know this is not as interesting as stopping the health care bill, but it is very important.

As an educator I am very concerned about our school boards. School boards tend to attract those from the left and a lot of well-to-do people, but they don’t often attract the quality of people that you need on them. I am always fascinated how people are so concerned about American education, then in the same conversation couldn’t even tell you the last time they concerned themselves with what is going on at their local school board.

Last week the Liberty CEE held a candidates forum at the Liberty Community Center. As usual, attendance and interest was low. There was about a 4 citizen to 1 candidate ratio, and that’s being generous.

ClayCoMOPolitics asked a question about Race to the Top Funding while he was in attendance. The responses were about to be expected. The Nixon administration and the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Chris Nicastro, continue to forge ahead on this thing with the citizens of Missouri and our schools knowing little about it. Sound familiar? Many of the candidates knew little or nothing about it.

ClayCoMOPolitics would like to endorse the following three candidates for the Liberty School Board Election on April 6th. We will be voting on two candidates for three year terms and one candidate for a one year term.

3 Years:

D. Scott Connor

William Carlin Walker

1 Year:

Craig Porter

When selecting school board candidates you want people that have a business mindset. Working inside of education you learn quickly that many just don’t get the concept of fiscal discipline. You also want people that respect and understand the importance of education. They may not know  all the facets of education, but they have a willingness to learn and are not someone that is convinced our education system has caused the downfall of western civilization. (This is generally a conservative stance, although the current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seems to have this mindset as well.)

Mr. Connor ( is currently a stay at home dad. He has worked in several positions in the IT field. I had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Connor Wednesday night at his home and I am further convinced that he is definitely the guy for the job. He is reasoned, a fiscal conservative, willing to learn (he wanted to discuss Race to the Top), and he has the time to invest in the Liberty School District. Add in the fact that he has three children in the district, and I think you have a great candidate for the job.

Mr. Walker is currently employed by the USDA where he serves as a Senior Auditor. I was a little unsure of Mr. Walker at first, but the more I heard him speak the other night, the more I was convinced he was a good candidate. Mr. Walker is a CPA and someone that I know that Liberty School District patrons can trust with the money. He seemed very reasoned and willing to think through the issues that he would face.

Mr. Porter is well known in Clay County Political circles. He is part-owner of Porter’s Building Center in Kearney and is owner of Craig Porter Development, LLC. Mr. Porter spoke well in the forum and seemed the most educated of any of the other candidates with the exception of Mr. Walker and Mr. Connor. Mr. Porter expressed concern about Liberty having one of the highest tax levys in the state of Missouri. He believes that there are ways for us to save money inside of the district before we go asking for more money from district patrons.

Now, Mr. Porter will be criticized  because he refused to sit there and endorse the bond issue facing the voters on April 6. What he said was that he believed that the bond issue was up to the voters to decide. Oh my, the humanity, so evil, how could he state that! He was not endorsed by the Liberty CEE, instead they endorsed Lori Tritz. Ms. Tritz was nice enough, but she didn’t know what she was talking. She totally avoided answering questions directly during the forum, and used more Human Resource catch phrases than I knew what to do with. I am unsure if her failure to answer questions was intentional, just every time she responded my wife and I would look at each other and wonder what she was even talking about.

Please remember to get out the vote on April 6th for Liberty School Board. These elections have consequences as well! Voter turnout is usually an embarrassment on these things, I think we can do better.

  1. Java Junkie says:

    Don’t vote for Lori Tritz! I wouldn’t want someone like that on my board – or any board for that matter.

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