I supported Miller. Holden worked harder than Killen or Miller. Miller had little or no money for the campaign. He set a limit and stopped. Holden held a fund raiser. I have already stated what Killen did. Holden carried most of the east end of the county and stayed close in the west. It has been stated that Killen was put up to run and that Valentine was supporting him and Palmer which I found funny since Miller used to work for Mr. V. I just found in funny how much of his own money he spent. I think it will work out well after the general election. The last time we had three non educators on the board, they held up every decision. That would be Beaver, Fowler, and T. Holden. Hopefully the voters will vote in those with experience.
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Originally posted by wnder:
Check the records. Killen spent $6,000 dollars on a job that pays $10,000 a year. That money was loaned from his business. The the amount of signage and the size of the signs, it is safe to say that Killen out spent ALL of the candidates. Doesn't matter now. But it does make you wonder on why he ran. I do know that some were put off because he claimed to be the only candidate with a vested interest because of his kids being in school now. That got old with some voters. And before you say anything, yes, my candidate got it handed to him. That's ok. He did what he could. The thing is, both are watching the election now. That is my point.



WOW! you are angry. *shaking head*

1. He claims to have children in the system?
THAT IS TRUE and I am sorry if the truth was such a put off to his opponents.

2. I do not believe he was put up to run by Mr. V. Who exactly was Mr. V afraid off?

3. I am sorry that you are bitter that more people did not assist Miller with his campaign finance.

Campaigns are not cheap and I still do NOT see why you are singling out one candidate. I saw a total of 3 Miller signs. That is not Holden or Killen's fault.

As for spending 6K for a 10K job, some people are looking beyond the numbers and actually want to be in a position to promote the success of the students of our county.

Some folks are still motivated out of principle and not the bottom line.

Killen and Holden both ran a classy campaign and I have seen far more Holden signs in the county. Miller,although more qualified, ran a nonexistent campaign. unfortunate but true.
I don't understand why people are thinking that Mr. Holden spoke as a rehearsed politician. When you run for office you spend several months saying the same thing. I think Mr. Holden is able to thing on his feet and also maybe he knows the rules and regulations better than anyone else. I think he ran a classy campaign and I also think that if everyone had attended the question and answer forums your would not be able to accuse him of such things
I have heard him speak and that is exactly how he sounds (to me). I do not understand why everyone is getting so bent out of shape over this comment. Stating that he sounds rehearsed is not necessarily a negative comment. It can mean that he has done a lot of research in order to be prepared. Yes, it can also imply that he is just telling people what he thinks they want to hear. Either way, it really should not matter (the comment). We all have our opinions and it really does not matter if others do not agree with what we think.
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Originally posted by Jack in the box:
I don't understand why people are thinking that Mr. Holden spoke as a rehearsed politician. When you run for office you spend several months saying the same thing. I think Mr. Holden is able to thing on his feet and also maybe he knows the rules and regulations better than anyone else. I think he ran a classy campaign and I also think that if everyone had attended the question and answer forums your would not be able to accuse him of such things
Okay. Enough already about the Place 2 race. It's over. Holden won. Let's move on.

There is a VERY QUIET runoff being run right now for Place 1 between Mike Palmer and Sherrie Perkins. Let's talk about it.

The Place 1 primary race was very quiet, and now the runoff is being run the same way. If Palmer and Perkins (or even Roberson) had made as much noise as the two leading candidates in Place 2, one of them might have pulled it off without a runoff. Who should we vote for here?
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Originally posted by Jelb87:
Okay. Enough already about the Place 2 race. It's over. Holden won. Let's move on.

There is a VERY QUIET runoff being run right now for Place 1 between Mike Palmer and Sherrie Perkins. Let's talk about it.

The Place 1 primary race was very quiet, and now the runoff is being run the same way. If Palmer and Perkins (or even Roberson) had made as much noise as the two leading candidates in Place 2, one of them might have pulled it off without a runoff. Who should we vote for here?



It isn't over. There is a republican candidate running against Holden in November. I think his name is Garner.
Hello,
I am Daniel Patterson and I am the Republican candidate for Lauderdale Board of Education, Place 1. I am a Real Estate Broker, Appraiser and Auctioneer. I have been in this business for 20 years.
I have lived in Center Star (Killen area) for 18 years with my wife, Anita Patterson (Anita is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker and is also an Appraiser). Our two children who are 15 and 13 years old attend Brooks High School.
I graduated from Lauderdale County High School in 1976 and earned a BS Degree from UNA in 1987. I have worked toward my MBA at Indiana University and at the University of North Alabama. I am a Past President of the Shoals Area Board of Realtors MLS. I am a Past President of the Alabama Auctioneers Association and have held every board position with that association. I am a Christian and a Conservative Republican.
I made the switch from Democrat to Republican within the past two years because Republican policies better reflect my beliefs. My entire family have traditionally been Democrats as have the majority of Lauderdale County Voters since FDR and the formation of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930's. Times have changed and Lauderdale County needs to elect some Republicans to local offices in order to better communicate with those on the State and Federal level.
My platform is to work with our Superintendent of Education and other Board members to run the Lauderdale County School System in the most effecient and productive manner possible while providing our children with a quality education. I will not support tax increases in any shape, form or fashion. I will see that Lauderdale County Schools gets their fair share of funding from the state and federal levels. I do not want any good teacher or support staff of the Lauderdale School System to be laid off or terminated because of a lack of funds.
I have seen quite a bit of marketable goods being thrown away by the schools. This could easily become an asset and a source of income for our schools. My expertise is identifying and selling marketable property, whether it is real estate or personal property, and turning it into assets. That is what I intend to do for the Lauderdale County School System.
Myself and most of the other candidates have spoke at several forums that were advertised and open to the public. These forums are set up for the public to listen to the candidates and ask questions. Most were sparsely attended.
You will be seeing more of my campaign as the November elections come nearer. I do not like political signs and consider them to be quite ineffectal, litter and an eyesore . I would like to run my campaign through internet communications, newspapers, radio and public speaking. We have several avenues of free advertising available to us that get our candidate information out without having to spend a half years salary to get elected.
In these tough economic times with pro-ration facing us we need board members who are conservative, yet creative enough to find the funding needed to properly run our Lauderdale County Schools. I can help do that !

My e-mail is : ajpatterson@aol.com .
I will be glad to answer any of your questions.

Thank You,
Daniel Patterson
Republican Candidate
Lauderdale County Board of Education Place 1
Mr. Patterson,

I hear you platform for increasing assets.

WHAT ABOUT HIRING PRACTICES?

Do you realize how many extremely qualified teachers are getting passed over for jobs in Lauderdale County because they do not have a relative currently in the system?

There are also several very incompetent teachers in the classroom now because they have a relative in an administrative position or on the current board.
I do not have anyone in my family looking for a teaching position now or in the near future. I believe each applicant should be considered on a level playing field. If an applicant has a relative on the board I believe their credentials should be scrutinized even more than an applicant who doesn't know a soul on the Board or in the school system. The term "Nepotism" come to mind when hiring as a favor, a relative or close friend. I am pretty sure Nepotism is frowned upon by the Alabama State Attorney General's Office.
If I have the opportunity to help our Lauderdale County Schools by being elected to the School Board I will push our board to hire the most qualified and best person for that position. Whether it is a bus driver, mechanic, custodian, cafeteria worker, teacher, coach or principal, I want what is best for our children. The only way to be the best is hire the best !
I know all too well about incompetent teachers in some of our classrooms. I have a neice who was given up as "slow" at one of our county schools. My mother "Linda Patterson" was a nursing educator at several of our local hospitals. She had my neice transferred to Lexington High School where she was almost immediately diagnosed with a cognition problem that was corrected by some very good teachers. Her grades went from C's,D's and F's to A's and B's. She graduated high school, attended and graduated college, and is now running a lab for one of our local hospitals. All because some good teachers recognized her problem and took the time to correct that problem.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected to The lauderdale County Board of Education I am sure I will make some people mad. I will not vote for board members children or their friends children unless they are the most qualified applicant and can help our students achieve to the best of their ability !

Thank You,
Daniel Patterson
Candidate,
Lauderdale County Board of Education, Place 1
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Originally posted by straightshooter:
I do not have anyone in my family looking for a teaching position now or in the near future. I believe each applicant should be considered on a level playing field. If an applicant has a relative on the board I believe their credentials should be scrutinized even more than an applicant who doesn't know a soul on the Board or in the school system. The term "Nepotism" come to mind when hiring as a favor, a relative or close friend. I am pretty sure Nepotism is frowned upon by the Alabama State Attorney General's Office.
If I have the opportunity to help our Lauderdale County Schools by being elected to the School Board I will push our board to hire the most qualified and best person for that position. Whether it is a bus driver, mechanic, custodian, cafeteria worker, teacher, coach or principal, I want what is best for our children. The only way to be the best is hire the best !
I know all too well about incompetent teachers in some of our classrooms. I have a neice who was given up as "slow" at one of our county schools. My mother "Linda Patterson" was a nursing educator at several of our local hospitals. She had my neice transferred to Lexington High School where she was almost immediately diagnosed with a cognition problem that was corrected by some very good teachers. Her grades went from C's,D's and F's to A's and B's. She graduated high school, attended and graduated college, and is now running a lab for one of our local hospitals. All because some good teachers recognized her problem and took the time to correct that problem.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected to The lauderdale County Board of Education I am sure I will make some people mad. I will not vote for board members children or their friends children unless they are the most qualified applicant and can help our students achieve to the best of their ability !

Thank You,
Daniel Patterson
Candidate,
Lauderdale County Board of Education, Place 1



Thank you for taking the time to address this issue. This will not be the first general election in which I have split my vote.

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