Kepner recommended four candidates for Plano ISD for no reason other than they were endorsed by the Collin County Republican Party. It's the only reason he gives. What's more, he prefaced that with, "I have not researched my school board candidates yet" and asks the opinion of someone who talks of "racist leftists" and "whacko liberal ideas." Then Kepner shares the slate of Collin County Republican Party endorsements. Maybe that's all the research Kepner needed. I hope Kepner seeks better counsel and puts more research into his City Council votes.
Kyle Kepner's lockstep Republican behavior is the best argument why local elections should be nonpartisan. There are pros and cons to having nonpartisan elections, but as long as that's what we have, political parties should steer clear.
I can't keep individuals from wanting to know whether a candidate is Republican or Democratic, but I can wish that people would ask other questions instead. When it's a local office-holder like Kyle Kepner behaving that way, I can bitch about it, too.
Most importantly in this instance, running a school district is hard enough. Trustees already hear plenty from parents, teachers, administrators, and homeowners. They aren't helped by having a city council member injecting party politics into trustee elections as well. Maybe the city council member ran for the wrong office.