“Quality public education is key to our community’s overall success, including continued economic development and students that are benefiting from a robust education system. This election is critical to making sure we have a School Board that focuses on our students to ensure they are receiving the highest quality of education, and after interviewing and assessing each of the candidates we are proud to make these endorsements.” – Dennis Norvet, Williamson Business PAC Chairman
On 7/15/16, voters in Districts 4, 5, 7, 9, and 11 received mailers from the Williamson Business PAC.
On 7/17/16, Nelson Andrews, who is a WCS parent and serves on the Williamson Business PAC board, offered a statement to “clear up some misconceptions” about the Williamson Business PAC.
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 Williamson Strong 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.