Saturday, April 22, 2023

Enney wins Paso Robles school board election

According to the election results released on Friday afternoon, Kenneth E. Enney Jr. has emerged victorious in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board election by a considerable margin of over 1,000 votes. 

Enney, who secured 54.42% of the total vote, received 6,524 votes, while his closest contender, Hollander, secured 5,464 votes, or 45.57%. The election is not yet completely finalized as 96 ballots with questionable signatures and those received through Monday are yet to be counted, according to a report from CalCoast News.

In response to his win, Enney expressed his eagerness to assume his position on the board and work towards a better academic performance for the district. Enney was previously appointed to the board in October 2022, but was later removed after he discovered a school webpage for LGBTQ students that contained a link to a chatroom where adults discussed sex. He brought this to the district's attention and subsequently sought an investigation by law enforcement.

Following this, Carey Alvord, an employee in the office responsible for the controversial link, organized a petition drive to remove Enney from the board, citing concerns over divisiveness within the district. Several petition signatories took to social media to criticize Enney for sharing a link that allegedly contained negative comments about the trans community on a social media page. After 512 signatures were validated, Enney was ousted from the board, and a special election was held at an estimated cost of $493,000 to the school district.

The expensive nature of the special election irked several voters who expressed their discontent by leaving negative comments on the ballots they returned, opting not to vote for either candidate. Despite this, Enney managed to secure a convincing victory in the end.

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