I could tell you many stories about politics that are dire and would make you want to climb under a rock and never get involved again. But sometimes, some stories are fantastic, and that is the case with the two endorsed Lakota school board candidates, Issac Adi and Darbi Boddy, who are running to replace incumbent Democrats in November of 2021. Every event I have been to with these two has been good; a few examples are shown below. The video might be a little rough, but it’s what they say that matters. Darbi and Issac work well together and are as unselfish as I’ve ever seen in politics, in any position. I’ve said from the beginning that I supported four candidates for the school board, but in this race this year, the Republican endorsement is what matters. In the past, liberals have infected the school board, so critical race theory and transexual policies became part of the dominant conversation. They have managed to hide their intentions by calling the school board “nonpartisan.” Well, we know that nothing in politics is “nonpartisan,” especially the Lakota school board. But when this idea of supporting school board members for Lakota came up, I never thought that two of them who would win the endorsement would like each other so well. That’s when the “can you imagines” started coming to my mind, where the school board represented the conservatives of Butler County, Ohio truly, and that they worked well together. It’s one thing to have conservative votes on the board to manage things the way voters expect, but that they would perform functional management is a bonus that didn’t seem possible.
For instance, Issac Adi went door to door in my precinct, letting people know who he was and when to vote for him. My wife noticed him in our neighborhood, and they struck up a conversation at the end of my driveway. Issac recognized her immediately, which I thought was remarkable considering the number of people he has met over several months, including big names like Jim Jordan. I would imagine his head is spinning with all the people he’s had to shake hands with, so it did impress me that he remembered my wife. That is one thing about Issac Adi; he is one of the most sincere people I’ve ever met in politics. He truly cares and is a good person. So he remembers people and cares about them long after the handshake. Of course, he wanted to know where I was which my wife told him I was babysitting my grandkids inside the house. So he came up to see me and talk for a bit.
After talking and catching up, I noticed that Issac wore Darbi’s campaign sticker on his shirt. He was doing the hard work of going door to door on a pretty hot day, full of enthusiasm after talking to many hundreds of people personally, and he was promoting Darbi along the way. Now I know that they are both endorsed and are part of the same team. But the way the vote occurs, they very much have to run individually. The top vote-getters are the ones who win in these kinds of elections, and it’s always hard to beat an incumbent. The union vote and latte-sipping liberals always show up on election night, making it hard for conservatives to get a lot of votes. But here was Issac promoting Darbi just as much as he was promoting himself. And as I understand it, Darbi has been doing the same. She was out promoting her and Issac as a team, not just individual candidates. For any election, that is a pretty unique concept that doesn’t have a lot of historical precedents.
Adding their votes to that of the current Lynda O’Conner would be a game-changer at Lakota. I have been to other events where I have seen the three of them talking, and the chemistry is just there. You can see it from a long way off. I’ve been dealing with school board issues in many districts around Ohio for twenty years, and I have never seen such a good combo. Seeing Issac that day took some of my natural cynicism toward politics into a place it had never been before. It seemed possible that at Lakota, something good had a chance to happen. They are both so much better than the other alternatives, and if people had an opportunity to see that for themselves, these two could get elected. There are still very significant obstacles, but as hard as they have worked throughout September and into October, it seemed like more than a fantasy and more of an eventual reality. Usually, when I think of the Lakota school board, I typically think of severe dysfunction and people who do not know what they are doing with the money. But here were genuinely competent and hard-working people who actually liked each other, at least as much as I’ve ever seen in politics, and there was a chance for great things to happen at Lakota for the first time in forever.
Issac had to eventually leave and return to the campaign trail from my house, but it took a while. I enjoyed his company so much that it took us a long time to say goodbye that day. I can say that I have been talking actively with many of the old No Lakota Levy people preparing ourselves for levy fights in the years to come. The current school board has been trying to find the time to put one up for a vote to satisfy the out-of-control spending the teacher’s union expects. This was an election year. Otherwise, the current board would have proposed a tax increase this year. Likely, they’ll wait until next year now that they’ve agreed to give all those teachers sitting home on Covid excuses a raise that they’ll have to pay for next year. But a levy fight is so damaging. It’s much better to support a new school board that would manage the money that we already give them, which is a massive 200 million-plus budget. If you can’t teach 17,000 kids on that, you have problems. But the school board has never listened. Instead, they have attacked businesses for more money, like trolls always looking for a shakedown of tax revenue to pay for their reckless and infinite spending ultimately. Lakota’s school board has been deficit spending for their entire existence; no matter how much money we’ve given them, they never find a way not to spend more than they take in. When they did have a surplus for a bit because of declining enrollment, they couldn’t wait to waste it on something new. With this prospect of an actual conservative school board to replace the majority of liberals, great things can happen. Issac and Darbi have done the work to get people to know who they are. Now it will be up to the voters. For the first time in many of their lifetimes, they have a great choice as the Lakota school district residents. They can vote for the same old tax and spend liberals that have screwed up so much at Lakota. Or, they can vote for Issac Adi and Darbi Boddy, who enjoy each other, work hard, and care to give the board a conservative majority for the first time. If voters don’t vote for them, then when the tax increases come, people won’t be able to complain about it because they had a chance to say no to those tax increases by saying yes to Darbi Boddy and Issac Adi.