Republican leaders vowed to crush Sherr at the polls if he petitioned his way onto the ballot. But that threat only served to galvanize Sherr and his supporters, who very quickly amassed more than 1,200 signatures, setting up last Tuesday night’s electoral showdown. In the end, Sherr scored a knockout, emerging as the leading vote-getter among all school board candidates, and winning half of the town’s 12 voting districts.
A virtual who’s who of past and present school board members very publicly lined up against Sherr. Even the current School Superintendent William McKersie cooperated with the forces aligned against Sherr, only to then publicly apologize when he realized a superintendent, appointed by and answerable to the Board of Education, has no business getting involved in that board’s elections.
Former GOP school board Chairman Sandy Waters conducted her own anti-Sherr email campaign. “Three outgoing Board of Ed members, including the current Chairman, and every Board of Ed Chairmanand most BOE members for the past 15 years have publicly declared their support for these candidates, too (not Sherr). So, too, have 3 of our 4 state representatives,” she wrote, urging recipients to forward the message to everyone they could.
Since Horton’s Greenwich Time column is devoted to local politics, it’s a little surprising that he doesn’t consider some of the forces behind an election that saw both the Republican Town Committee’s and the Democrat’s candidates (Ramadamadingdong Tamm and, earlier this summer, the unlamented Stephanie Paulmeno) go down in flames. Could that all have been attributable to strategically placed yard signs? The real story here, I think, is that there are now ways around the traditional power structure, and candidates no longer have to stand barefoot before the gates of Canossa to receive the blessing of the Holy Church.
Or at least, that’s the subject I’d have liked to have seen discussed.