Last updated on 2013.03.26
In this year's state legislative election, I take the position that, if a Democrat doesn't show up to contend for a seat, you should vote for any Republican who voted against House Bill 1234, Governor Daugaard's ideological and counterproductive education reform bill.
On Tuesday night, Democratic candidate for District 16 House Stanley Jacobson didn't show up for a candidate's forum in North Sioux City. Democratic candidate for District 16 House Ann Tornberg did show up. She did say House Bill 1234, now Referred Law 16, is a bad idea. So did GOP Rep. Jim Bolin, who voted against HB 1234 last February.
And even though Tornberg and Bolin disagree on how to fund education, Ann Tornberg told her neighbors to vote for Jim Bolin:
[Tornberg] says the legislation, which narrowly passed this year, needs to be completely repealed.
She also wants funding restored to education and supports a one-cent sales tax to do so, which Bolin does not.
"The most egregious, I think as a teacher, is the fact that every teacher from now on, their evaluation would have to based half on student test scores, and the other half on their evaluator," said the Beresford Democrat.
"The reason I voted against is that I don't think it's needed in South Dakota. It's unnecessary. We have above average test scores, below average drop out rates, we have a lot of public support for our schools," explained Bolin, a Republican from Canton.
They may represent different political parties, but the pair agree on something else, that Bolin should be reelected.
District 16 voters will chose two candidates for the state house. Tornberg endorsed Bolin Tuesday night. Bolin said he was shocked.
Don't be so shocked, Jim. Ann's a former teacher, just like you. She knows that you and she both can work together and bring real expertise on education to Pierre. Roll with it... and consider returning the favor and endorsing Ann!