After an agonizing and ridiculous process, the votes are finally in and unfortunately our campaign was not able to prevail against the union-backed candidate. With Jim Glantz’ loss in Area 4, this means the teachers unions have maintained ideological control of our school board. Though our campaign had a unique and exciting momentum, in the end it was not enough to beat the union-funded candidate who chose to flood the zone with money and mailers in lieu of campaigning. He outspent us 8-1.
I chose to take up this fight for my children – for my son, who had his senior year ripped away from him because of anti-science mandates supported by our school board, and for my daughter, who still attends school in CUSD. I do not consider this election a loss for myself, but for our children, and that is devastating to me. However, that is also motivating for me. I have no intention of simply fading back into the scenery. This is not a concession, because I will never concede my parent’s voice, and what I have learned about how our district works and how unions manipulate our system and some district officials to the detriment of our children has been life changing. If any good has come from my experience it is that my eyes are now fully open to the corruption gripping our school district. My voice will not be limited as a school board member, which is a silver lining. This battle is just beginning, and I have every intention of continuing this fight to win back our school board.
Because this was a special election, there is another election for this same seat in two years. It will accompany two more seats up for election in 2024. We have two years to prepare for another chance to flip this board. I hope you’ll join me in these preparations. We will not be caught flat-footed again. We have two years to monitor, investigate and hold our CUSD school board members and district administration accountable.
My social media and website accounts will remain open, and I will update you on next steps as they come…and they are coming. For now, I want to thank all of my happy warriors who stepped up to fight for our children with this campaign. The mama and papa bears I have met along the way have changed me for the better, and I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you. I have made lifelong friends during this process, and that is a comfort I take with me from a very brutal election season.
Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign with your hard-earned dollars and with your own platforms. You believed in me, and our children. I could not have run such a dynamic and energetic campaign without you.
Grandma Sheryl, you you set the bar high for our volunteer core. We love you so much!
Please consider our campaign outcome as a call-to-action. Our children still need us to step up and speak up. Our fight for our kids and their futures is more vital than ever.
Thank you to my volunteer coordinator Amanda Earnest, who gently pushed me through exhaustion when I needed it, and who’s infectious energy was always a bright spot in all those tough days of campaigning. Thank you to my campaign manager Julie Collier. I couldn’t have done this without her and her fierce mama bear spirit. I’d take this journey with these incredible women again any time.
And of course, thank you to my family, who sacrificed so much for so many months while I worked for change. I did it for them. I’m not on the school board yet, but I will still fight for them, and for all of us. Our children are worth it.
I am grateful for this experience, and I can’t wait to see how God uses it in the coming days, months and years.
With love and respect,
Kira Davis, Candidate for CUSD Board of Trustees, Area 2