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Shaw: Avoid Moorhead's chaos candidates

"There are three frightening chaos candidates running for the Moorhead School Board," InForum columnist Jim Shaw writes. "They are Ken Lucier, Lisa Hahn and Nikki Pollock. They are anti-science, anti-LGBTQ and anti-common sense."

Jim Shaw
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In June, voters in the Fargo School District were smart enough to defeat the “chaos candidates.” Now, it’s Moorhead’s turn. There are three frightening chaos candidates running for the Moorhead School Board . They are Ken Lucier, Lisa Hahn and Nikki Pollock. They are anti-science, anti-LGBTQ and anti-common sense.

They have the potential to ruin the high-quality Moorhead School District. If they get elected, expect culture wars to be front and center within the Moorhead School Board. Nonexistent problems such as critical race theory , gay and transgender rights, bathrooms and sex education would likely become big issues. Textbooks could be scrutinized and banned.

Lucier told WDAY Radio he doesn’t like accepting all that money from the state and federal governments because of the “strings attached.” Of course he didn’t explain what those “strings” are, or how the district could function without those funds.

Lucier says the Moorhead district “can do more with less.” Less what? Teachers? Schools? Books? How does that make Moorhead a better district?

Lucier’s attitude towards those who are LGBTQ is appalling. He once told the Moorhead City Council , “I don’t like queer relationships. Do you want the city of Moorhead to be known as a queer community?”

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Hahn is best known for interrupting a Moorhead School Board meeting a year ago when she was not recognized, walking up to the school board members and giving them a pledge document, which she demanded they sign. In effect, that pledge said the school district would not require students to wear masks.

Mind you, this was during the height of the pandemic and before the vaccine was readily available to students. Hahn’s action was medically ignorant, rude and out of order. If she disrupts meetings when she’s not even on the board, can you imagine how she would act if she is on the board?

At that same meeting, Hahn held up a sign that said, “Parent Choice.” That was stunningly hypocritical, seeing how Hahn has no children attending Moorhead Public Schools.

Hahn also told WDAY Radio that the Moorhead district has a “hyper-focus” on race and gender issues. Yikes!

Pollock told WDAY Radio, “I’m running as a Christian.” Perhaps Pollock should run for the school board at religious schools, such as Park Christian, Oak Grove or Shanley. Public schools aren’t just for Christians.

As an aside, why do the chaos candidates gravitate to WDAY Radio?

Pollock alarmingly said Moorhead schools “pander” to different groups, such as transgender people, and that teachers are being forced “to teach Marxist ideals to our kids.”

Pollock did get one thing right when she said, “I have a lot of learning to do.”

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These candidates are dangerous. The problem is they could win. That’s because there are 11 candidates in the race and the rational candidates could split the vote, allowing the chaos candidates to sneak in. So, either there needs to be a large turnout or for the good of the Moorhead School District, a few of the rational candidates should drop out.

Shaw is a former WDAY TV reporter and former KVRR TV news director.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

Opinion by Jim Shaw
InForum columnist Jim Shaw is a former WDAY TV reporter and former KVRR TV news director.
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