by Eric Stearley
On Monday, Oct. 6, four school board candidates for the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County met at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ at 7 p.m. for a public forum, hosted by Citizens Committed to the Constitution (C3).
The five-member board has two seats open for the Nov. 4 election. Currently, there is a board member from each of the northwest, northeast, and south districts. The board can have, at most, two members from the same district, which effectively breaks this year’s election into two separate races. Only one candidate from each district can be elected.
Incumbent and current MSD School Board President Matt Driscoll faces challenger Brad Fleck for the northeast district seat. Todd Dazey and Jeff Snyder face off for the open seat in the northwest district, currently held by Ryan Rosen, who is not seeking re-election.
The candidates were asked to sit in alphabetical order, placing the northeast candidates between the northwest candidates.
While not technically a debate, the forum allowed candidates to voice their opinions as they responded to questions from moderator Laura Cole and select members of the audience.
The candidate forum began, inexplicably, with a five-minute YouTube clip of “Robin Williams as the American Flag.” Pastor and C3 member Timothy Morbitzer led attendees in The Pledge of Allegiance and prayer, and collection buckets were passed to benefit C3. Each candidate then gave a two-minute introduction.
Matt Driscoll is a Wabash County native and graduate of Northfield High School. He has four children; three graduated from Northfield, and the fourth is still enrolled. Driscoll has a degree in agricultural education from Purdue University and he is currently serving as school board president. He operates a family farm with his brother outside Urbana. His interest in serving on the board came out of his desire to be involved in his children’s education, and said it was “one of the most enlightening things I’ve ever done.”