One day following the deadline for submitting the petitions with signatures to run for a seat on the board of education, the ballot position draw took place at the school district 12 (MUFSD) clerk office. When I and my son entered the room, the clerk, a witness, and Mrs. Hopkins, the incumbent, were already present. Mr. Tulley didn’t need to participate, as he is running unopposed for a different seat.
The clerk determined the draw would follow the alphabetical order. Mrs. Hopkins drew the blue paper from a cup, I followed her drawing the remaining (yellow) paper. My unfolded paper revealed row 1B. Mrs. Hopkins revealed her position: 1A. I guess the election campaign has officially begun.
I’ll be present this evening at the candidate forum held at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church, 453 Pershing Blvd.