Why I am voting for Mary Lynch for School Board in East Baton Rouge district 1

I am voting for Mary Lynch on November 4th. Mary is mother of 2 and public active school parent. She is a certified long-term substitute teacher and has been helping out our schools in that capacity for years. She is an active school volunteer and current EBR School Board Member and voted against the reduction in school board seats which has diluted public representation and made it easier for Lane Grigsby and out of state privatization forces to manipulate our local elections and school boards for their own interests.

Lane Grigsby, the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce and out of state interests are trying to destroy our school district for profit. It took me a little while to figure out who to vote for because the Chamber of Commerce put pressure on our existing School Board to reduce the number of seats in the parish just before this election. EBR voted to reduce their seats from 11 to 9, but the measure only passed by one vote (6/5). The maps were redrawn to put multiple incumbents that were against the measure against each other. They were redrawn to improve the chances of Lane Grisgby and the Chamber in this election gaining control of the EBR school board so they could continue to force charters upon East Baton Rouge, even though the majority of such charters have been resoundingly rejected by parents and the community and most lay abandoned and ruined and the children that previously attended them are bussed across the parish to create overcrowding situations in on our remaining public schools. The new maps would have required a review process prior to the Supreme Court’s overturn of some of the provisions of the unanimously approved Voting Rights Act. Now it will require lawsuits, after the fact, to have them reviewed. By then the damage will be done, our schools will be sold off to the highest bidders, along with our children who will be treated like miniature cash cows in charter school barns.

Mary’s opponents are Mark Bellue and Jennifer Andrews, a Republican and Democrat on paper and at the ballot box, although neither have been endorsed by their respective parties. District 1 was gerrymandered to allow these two puppets to run against Mary. Mark is the horse the money is backing. He is getting dollars roll in from out of State PACs, (Like Stand for Children Louisiana which is actually funded from Portland Oregon and Future PAC which was created this summer based in Athens Georgia.)

 

Future PAC, logo, not at all creepy or scary

Because we really need PACs outside of Louisiana building our schools to their liking

 

If you are a Republican favoring local control, I’m not sure you had out of state millennials picking your school board members in mind as your idea of local control.

 

Here are a list of Mark Bellue’s contributions and theoretical dates. I say theoretical because it seems like I saw signs up for much longer than mid-September. These reports came in in the last 30 days and last week so it was hard to get a handle on his support until now.

 

ContributorName

ContributorAddr1

ContributionDate

ContributionAmt

SHIRLEY BELLUE

10077 E. Pomona

9/18/2014

$500.00

BETTER SCHOOLS BETTER FUTURES PAC

PO Box 104

9/9/2014

$2,500.00

DAVID TATMAN CAMPAIGN

16710 Gingerwood Ave

9/9/2014

$1,000.00

MICHAEL S DEPAUL

7521 Saint Edmond Court

9/9/2014

$200.00

MILTON G GRAUGNARD

2929 Svendson Dr.

9/11/2014

$2,500.00

L. LANE GRIGSBY

PO Box 104

9/10/2014

$2,500.00

TODD W GRIGSBY

1125 Ingleside Drive

9/15/2014

$2,500.00

HARLEY M. BROWN A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORP.

854 Main Street

9/18/2014

$200.00

LIPSEY’S

PO Box 83280

9/17/2014

$500.00

LUBA CASUALTY INSURANCE CO.

PO Box 98082

9/12/2014

$1,000.00

SIF CONSULTANTS OF LOUISIANA

2351 Energy Drive

9/9/2014

$1,000.00

HARLEY C BROWN

1735 Sharp Road

10/1/2014

$100.00

DAVID TATMAN CAMPAIGN

16710 Gingerwood Ave

10/14/2014

$1,500.00

FUTURE PAC

564 Laurel Street

10/7/2014

$5,000.00

CARLINE JENKINS

58249 Mount Pleasant Road

10/4/2014

$100.00

GARY PATUREAU

10721 Sandringham Ave

10/4/2014

$100.00

NAOMI RAWLS

59331 Spring Valley Road

10/3/2014

$100.00

JAMES TRAMEL

406 Thorngate Drive

10/9/2014

$20.00

STAND FOR CHILDREN LOUISIANA PAC

1732 NW Quimby St.

10/20/2014

$1,000.00

     

$22,320.00

 

Better Schools Better Futures is of course a Lane Grigsby PAC and shares the same PO box with Grigsby. Grigsby and his allies also donated to David Tatman (who is running for School Board unopposed) so Tatman could then donate to candidates on Grigsby’s behalf.

Jennifer Andrews submitted a statement that she has raised no contribution of more than 200 dollars and has no sizable expenditures. She is an APEL Executive Director and friend with Stand for Children executives and her sole contribution to this campaign is the “D” beside her name to draw the low information voters away from Mary Lynch, who is running as an Independent.

Please help Mary by voting for her. If you can volunteer to help her canvass this Saturday please give her an e-mail at marylynch.ebrschoolboard@cox.net or a call at 225-324-7658. She is canvassing this Saturday; a final push tomorrow. She is asking volunteers to meet her at her house at 9:00am 12495 E. Milburn Ave, 70815 at 9am. If you help her inform voters about who is on their side, and who is on the side of Lane Grigsby and out of state PACs we might be able to preserve schools in EBR from being turned into unaccountable charters that no one wants except people who don’t send their children to public schools.

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5 thoughts on “Why I am voting for Mary Lynch for School Board in East Baton Rouge district 1

    1. You need to find your district. You can look up on your candidates and their contributions on the Louisiana board of Ethics. You can contact EBR school board for your new district number. Look up reports on ethics by name. You will find two .csv reports if they had expenditures or contrubutions. You will see several reports spanning the time frame. Incumbents will have reports for previous years.

  1. FuturePAC is a local organization, an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), and was created maybe 7 or 8 years ago.

    1. This one is endorsing candidates in elections across the country from Florida to Oregon and everywhere in between. The checks are coming from out of state. This one may be different or it has greatly expanded it’s reach.

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