"Never made any kind of personal attack."Kevin Chumney: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." M. Gandhi
I'm not comparing Rachel to Gandhi (though she has lost a bunch of weight during this campaign), but that quote pretty much sums up our experience with this campaign. We have had several reports of similar personal attacks that would appear to be coordinated. Rachel and her supporters have never made any kind of personal attack on her opponent and have run a positive campaign solely on issues. I think this kind of personal attack speaks for itself.
"Have run a positive campaign."
As Seth and Amy might say, Really!?!
Let's have a look, shall we? After the jump.
Right there in the same Facebook group Kevin Chumney posts in (so it's hard for him to claim he didn't see any of it), the RISD trustees and administrators have been accused of not caring about dyslexia and other learning disabilities, not listening to parents, bullying and punishing parents, suppressing dissent, breaking the law, tolerating corruption, and other negative behavior. How is this in any way a positive campaign? How are these not personal attacks, not just on the incumbent trustee, but on all trustees? The fact that the attacks indict the entire school board and not trustee Lanet Greenhaw alone doesn't make them feel any less personal to the trustees, I'm sure.
It's offensive for the Chumney supporters to disparage the motives of others. The trustees and administrators have the best interest of all children at heart. Always have and always will, just as the parents who are so critical of the RISD trustees care deeply about their own children. Chumney supporters might feel it's justified to run a negative campaign, but for Kevin Chumney to pretend it isn't even happening takes willful ignorance. I respect the RISD trustees for their ability to keep a positive outlook despite the personal attacks they endure on an almost daily basis, not just during election campaigns.
Yes, educating children with learning disabilities is a challenge. There are many challenges all through the district. Yes, the RISD can do better, with or without more resources from the state, with or without more obstacles imposed by the state. Villifying the trustees is not an effective way to improve education for anyone. Not that it will negatively impact the trustees' own efforts. The trustees will continue to work through the multitude of issues facing the district, even while being attacked for supposedly caring less for some issues than others. That trustees can continue to work on behalf of all children, including those with learning disabilities, is evidence that RISD voters were right in putting their trust in these public servants in the first place. Really.