Campaigning: Online and On I-71

I opened my campaign Facebook page this week (, and it’s already close to 200 “likes.” If you are a Facebook user and you haven’t liked my page yet, please do so.

(And if we’re friends but not “Facebook friends” yet, let’s get that done too, at!)

I spent most of today in Columbus in a less obvious form of campaigning: attending December’s State Board of Education meeting. I’ve attended these meetings since July to learn more about this position, but they’ve assumed greater importance now: attending them shows that I’m serious about this position, it it gives me contacts among the state’s press and education leadership.

We think of campaigning as being very public, but much of it is pretty quiet. Campaigns for State Board of Education are low-profile affairs anyway, and it will be hard to be heard above the noise in 2016, which will be dominated by a Presidential race and (in Ohio) a Senate campaign. At this early stage, a lot of campaign activity is about building infrastructure and making contacts. Thanks for being a part of that.

This post originally appeared on the website of my 2016 campaign for State Board of Education,

Author: StgCoach

Retired teacher and public education leader. Pastoral musician, community activist, parliamentarian, and photographer.