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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
In a social media post on Thursday, Brad Lytle, chairman of the Wilson County Republican Party of TN announced that Wilson County will have a Republican primary for school board May 3rd 2022.
House Bill 9072 , which was signed into law by Governor Bill Lee November 12th allows county parties to declare whether a race will become partisan.
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Lytle responded in his post to statements made by leaders of Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District post who made statements to the Wilson Post that they were not in favor of partisan elections.
“The argument that those elected to the school board must serve everyone is a Straw Man Fallacy! The same could be said about every elected office, at any level, Local, State or Federal.
Of course the elected official must serve all of their constituents. The question on the minds of the voters is: “which candidate most closely aligns with my Values & Principles?” The primary way voters have of determining who that candidate is, is looking at which Party the candidates identify with.
The Values & Principles of the Parties are clearly stated in their respective Platforms.
As someone who most closely aligns with the Planks in the Republican Platform, I want elected officials who feel as I do about the very important issues affecting our children’s education. The idea that there is somehow political, moral, ethical, or spiritual ‘Neutral Ground’ in the schools is a huge Fallacy!”
According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-115, “At the time the voter seeks to vote, the voter declares allegiance to the political party in whose primary the voter seeks to vote and states that the voter intends to affiliate with that party.”
Terri Nicholson, admin of Wilson County Conservative Republicans and State Executive Committee Representative for District 17 said, “Holding a primary is the best way to provide transparency to voters. Ask yourself why a person might fight against being transparent… plenty if not most issues we find ourselves in today are very much partisan issues.”
Wilson County republicans join Knox County in requesting a primary for school board races.
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and contributor to The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.