The WillCo Rising PAC has published its endorsements for the 2016 Williamson County School Board elections. PAC president Roger Abramson posted his write-up today. Abramson is a local attorney and a WCS parent who started the PAC last summer. He describes himself as a “mainstream Williamson County Republican voter” and said the PAC’s endorsements are not based on partisanship. Abramson formerly ran the Keep Dr. Looney Facebook page.
A note on our reporting: We plan to post the endorsements of active PACs (and other groups) in the county. We will note information that seems relevant, including but not limited to the type of group, their past and current involvement in school board and other politics, and the decision-makers of the group.
You may recall that the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance fined us for posting the 2014 endorsements of W-PACE, the PAC affiliated with the local teachers’ association. They considered that reporting on our Facebook page to be an endorsement (and thus a financial contribution) by Williamson Strong. We also reported on the endorsements made by the 912 organization. The Registry position on this is blatantly ridiculous—not to mention unconstitutional—and we are simply going to follow the law as they have applied it to every other group. There are a great number of news outlets (including every major print publication in the state) and blogs that report on endorsements by other groups; however, we found zero incidents (other than our case) in which the Registry concluded that noting whom another group endorsed is in itself an endorsement and therefore a contribution.
For more information about each district’s candidates, visit our Updated 2016 WCSB Election Roundup.