Don't vote Jordan Ferris onto school board: Here's why
The school board is supposed to be a place where all ideas are welcome, and where the primary focus is the children who attend our schools.
If the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board is to accomplish its mission faithfully, then this is no place for hyper-partisan members whose primary purpose is to push a radical political agenda.
With Jordan Ferris, that is exactly what we will get. Here are three reasons why you should not vote for Jordan Ferris:
First, her campaign is based on deceit. Her first campaign post on Facebook in February announced that she wished to become a school board member so that she could maintain a progressive majority on the board. Then, conveniently, the wording of that post was later changed to say, "It is imperative that I win this seat to move issues forward on the school board."
That seems to be a rather significant change from pushing a progressive agenda to simply moving issues forward, no? Exactly what issues are we talking about?
One has to wonder whether she has evolved in her beliefs and no longer really wants to push a political agenda, or she simply doesn't want our community to know what she is all about.
And further, if she really is proud of her beliefs and wants her values to be reflected on the board, then why hide them by altering social media posts during the election process?
Second, her campaign is apparently (according to her) supported by what can only be described as highly political and polarizing organizations.
Another Facebook post of Jordan's offers that she is "So incredibly proud to be endorsed by NARAL and Oregon Working Families."
I have no problem with the private individual Jordan Ferris commenting about these organizations, but as a school board candidate, she has no business referring to them in the context of the board position.
Imagine if a conservative candidate posted proudly to social media that they earned endorsements from the National Rifle Association and the National Right to Life.
Again, the school board is a place where there is a single and specific mission: doing what's best for our children at their place of education. If pushing either a progressive or conservative agenda is your goal, you are welcome to run for political office elsewhere.
Third, Jordan apparently doesn't have the time to be a school board member. But don't take my word for it, take hers: "I don't have extra time in my day for this campaign, for this position, but I make it happen because that's what working moms do."
After a lengthy Facebook post complaining about how hard she works, she ends with this statement (which if we are to take at face value) I guess we should trust that she doesn't have the time for this and not vote her onto the board.
Look, most of the moms and dads in our community work very hard and have families to support, including myself with two and a half jobs and two children in West Linn schools. So I get it, I really do.
But if you don't have the extra time to run a campaign for the board let alone actually perform your duties once on the board, I have two suggestions — spend less effort gathering unnecessary endorsements from radical political groups, and spend less time advocating progressive agendas which are not shared by a vast number of West Linn/Wilsonville parents.
Gabriel Miller is a resident of West Linn.
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