Kim Ward1908 River RoadJacksonville, Fl firstname.lastname@example.orgRE: Embarrassing School Board CampaignsDear Times Union,Unfortunately, we have all come to expect negative sound bites, false statements andthe need for fact checking in our national elections. However, when it comes to SchoolBoard elections, this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable.Two notable campaigns are in Districts 3 and 7. In District 3 (Ashley Juarez-Smith vs.Suzanne Jenkins), the dirty campaigning began early. Before the primary, the Jenkinscampaign sent out nasty ads claiming that her opponent took money for her campaignfrom donors who wanted to “buy” a school board seat. In full disclosure, I was one ofthose donors. I felt compelled to call Ms. Jenkins personally, especially after she thensent me two letters asking for campaign donations for her. I expressed my disgust withthese dirty campaign politics. This election is about the future of our children andshould highlight the qualifications of the candidates, NOT mudsling at your opponent. Ifound it completely discrediting when Ms. Jenkins claimed that she had nothing to dowith these ads. If my name were on costly campaign documents being sent out to myneighbors, I would ensure that the truth was being told and it reflected when I believed.It was just downright irresponsible.In District 7, Jason Fischer has been fabricating “facts” about Jon Heymann’s politicalbeliefs. My first question is, why does that matter when you are running for schoolboard which is not a political job? It seems his strategy is to continue making falseclaims, hoping everyone will believe these lies if he says them often enough. His claimsabout his Navy “career” were proven false, yet he continues to highlight them in his cam-paign.I noticed the endorsements for Jon Heymann are predominately from involved and non-political citizens (like me), former School Board members and business and citizengroups already involved in the betterment of our children’s future. Mr. Fischer’s notedendorsements are primarily from Politicians and political figures. He also ran for anoth-er elected office and lost. I question if his desire to win a seat on the School Board isreally about our children or for his access into politics.