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Sunman-Dearborn candidates haven't turned in profiles
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Friday, October 19, 2012 4:09 PM

Attention Sunman-Dearborn School Board Candidates!!! I don’t have a single profile from any of you. I have most of the candidates’ profiles for Lawrenceburg and South Dearborn school boards, but none from Sunman-Dearborn.

The Dearborn County Register publishes candidate profiles every election year, in print and online. Last year we moved from sending letters to all the candidates to publishing the information in our newspapers, The Journal-Press and The Dearborn County Register. The call for candidates ran in both papers for months.

Additionally, our advertising representative sent out information about advertising in the newspapers, and information about the candidate profiles as well as deadlines for both. The deadline for the profiles is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, I even moved it back to include an extra weekend. Maybe the S-D candidates were just waiting until this weekend to write and send their profiles into The Register.

So, here we are, though, on Friday, Oct. 19, and there’s not a single Sunman-Dearborn candidate profile in my email inbox or sitting in the pile of “hard copy” next to my desk.

How are Sunman-Dearborn voters supposed to get to know their candidates: a few soundbytes somewhere? A meet-the-candidates night? In the past Sunman-Dearborn candidates responded and participated in the candidate profiles section.

The lack of profiles came to light as staff reporter Chandra Mattingly, who covers the school corporation, is preparing to do a story about the races. She asked if I had any candidate profiles for S-D, since she uses those to get an idea of what is on candidates’ minds. I didn’t and don’t have any S-D profiles as of noon Friday.

Perhaps some of them are taking to heart Sunman-Dearborn Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hendrix comments about public participation. “This is a meeting of the board in public, not a public meeting,” said Hendrix at the board’s meeting Thursday, Oct. 11.

The comments came after a parent expressed displeasure in his inability to comment on proposed school calendars. The parent, Michael Morman of Hidden Valley Lake, said, “you do not want to hear what the public wants.” Morman also reminded the board the public elects them.

Apparently, so far, the candidates don’t want the public to get to know them, any more than Hendrix wants the public to have information or be able to comment on items on the school board agenda.

Board members do not have to allow comments. The meeting is held to conduct the board’s business. They are elected to represent the public in making the decisions, said Hendrix at the Oct. 11 meeting.

Back in the old days of John Armbruster and John Roeder as S-D superintendents, the public comment section on the agenda was before any new or old business was taken up. That gave people the chance to speak on items the board might be voting on later in the meeting. The disregard for input is another column, however.

So, candidates, the ball is in your court. Do you want people to know who you are? The people in Sunman-Dearborn Schools should have more to go on than a name they recognize or doing “eeny-meeny” when they cast their ballot.

Lastly, S-D candidates, and other school board candidates, I'll even give you an extra day to get me your profiles. School board candidates will have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, to email a profile, community@registerpublications.com. This extension is only open to school board candidates, all other profiles must be in by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.

Last Updated on Friday, October 19, 2012 7:16 PM