Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Chamber's PAC Backs Porter, Opponent in School Board Race

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Talk about a win-win situation. Joey Garrison in the CP:

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s SuccessPAC has released its endorsements for Metro’s upcoming school board election, opting to back both board chair Gracie Porter as well as one of her election challengers.

The school board’s District 5 race was a “difficult decision,” the SuccessPAC’s board chair Darrell Freeman said in an announcement last Friday that gave endorsements to Porter and Elissa Kim, a Teach For America executive who has support among Nashville’s budding charter school community.

The SuccessPAC is the chamber’s political action committee. Endorsements came after candidates filled out questionnaires and participated in interviews. The election, which features five races among the nine-member school board, is set for Aug. 2.

Freeman said Porter has been an “effective leader” who has presided over “focused” meetings. He said she also has a “voting record of taking positions that put the success of our children first.” Freeman said Kim’s “enthusiasm, national experience and absolute dedication to improving student achievement” impressed his committee.

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