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Re: “Vote! The INDY’s endorsements for races in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro

sodapopinski re Lee Storrow's arrest for DUI and speeding: " was a single mistake..."

Please do not attempt to minimize Lee's culpability and the seriousness of DUI and speeding. First he had to have drunk AT LEAST six alcoholic drinks that evening, probably more like 9 and potentially more. Each drink beyond 2 was a mistake, in my opinion, whether he intended to drive or not. Then he decided to drive after having drunk, putting both his own and others' safety at risk. Did not Lee hear about the awful consequences of Chandler Kania's similar "single mistake"? And let's not forget speeding. 28 mph over the limit. Wow.

If a student in CHCCS made the same series of mistakes, they would not be allowed to represent their school, at least for a period of time. As the youngest (and young) member of the council, Lee is most likely to be viewed as a role model by students. Please don't tell our students Lee should have less of a consequence than they would.

To be clear, this is not an endorsement for any other candidate, nor an attempt to be the moral police. Yes, we all make mistakes but there is a different standard for elected officials. It appears that Lee is either unwilling to live up to his own standard of behavior for an elected official or his standard of behavior for an elected official is too low, which is why his announcement to continue his election was a huge disappointment. In my opinion, a better course would have been to withdraw and consider running again in the next cycle.

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Posted by mkelley on 10/31/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Vote! The INDY’s endorsements for races in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro

As a long time K12 education supporter and school board member, it is difficult to understand the rationale of the Indy’s CHCCS BOE endorsements. Even the most casual observer at any of the BOE candidate forums came away with the impression that Margaret Samuels is clearly among the most knowledgeable and qualified of all candidates. She has been involved in pre-K education (arguably the most impactful means to close achievement gaps) in Orange County for years and has a comprehensive grasp of the issues facing our district.

I agree with the endorsement of Rani Dasi and mostly for the same reasons. She and Margaret Samuels have attended many school board and school-related meetings over the last year so they are both aware of challenges & issues, and the discussions to address them. I will also be voting for David Saussy who was appointed to the board last year and has performed well and veteran Annetta Streater. Each of these four has been highly engaged. In stark contrast, two other candidates said they had never attended a school board meeting, including one endorsed by Indy whose sole distinguishing qualification is reaching out to the community. That’s quite a reach!

There are important differences between the candidates that are glossed over here. For better information, please review the NCAAP/PTA Council/SNAC candidate forum (e.g., ) or another substantive forum.

Mike Kelley

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Posted by mkelley on 10/21/2015 at 3:27 PM

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