School Board Candidates With Conflict
by Philip Smith
After hearing the candidates for the Pickens County School Board Seat II, some critical distinctions can be observed in the candidates.
Tony Qualkinbush and Kevin McKenzie both receive significant household income from the school district since their wives work there. McKenzie also works for the State, so his whole household income is from the government. Jennifer Wood also works for City government. Phillip Bowers is the only candidate who does not receive household income from the government.
Qualkinbush and McKenzie cannot lawfully vote on any issue that benefits them personally. So, since the budget is roughly 90% salaries and benefits which include their wives paycheck, they will be almost useless on the board since they can't vote on budget matters.
If voters are not careful, we will end up with a board member that can't vote on ANY important matters.
I do not believe government employees should serve on boards that are designed to oversee the government on behalf of the citizens.
Indirectly, we already have a large teacher vote represented with Judy Edwards, retired School District Of Pickens County teacher.