At the recent Hercules Democratic Club education forum, I asked board member Madeline Kronenberg about her position on campaign contribution limits. I did so because of the large sums of money paid to board members by those entities with a financial interest in our district, including developers, contractors, etc.
The following article cites the greater than $100,000.00 paid to one board member during his campaign. Mrs. Kronenberg pocketed close to $70,000.00!
Her response was that she is against contribution limits. She cited the example that if a candidate receives an endorsement from the teachers' union, that this is worth much more money than the dollar amount received from a developer by another candidate. I get her point. It would not be a level playing field if the United Teachers of Richmond pays to have a flyer mailed to all district cities for a candidate while the other candidate can barely afford the cost of printing flyers at Kinkos.
The only "special interest group" I want supporting our candidates are the parents. Even the teachers' union has an agenda that is not always in the best interest of our children. So maybe each candidate should communicate to the teachers' union that they do not seek or want their endorsement. This election should be about parents and taxpayers and children, not about unions or developers.