Monday, November 14, 2005

Well, California Schools do it again. They never cease to amaze me: Prisoner Elected to California School Board

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The winner of a school board election didn't campaign, attend forums or even go to any school board meetings before the vote — because he was in jail.

Randy Logan Hale won 831 votes in Tuesday's election, securing one of three open seats on the Romoland School District Board in a community about 70 miles north of San Diego.


Hale, 40, was returned to prison in September for violating his parole on 1998 convictions for spousal abuse and drug possession, the California Institution for Men in Chino said, and is due to be released Feb. 15. He declared his candidacy in August.

So, Riverside schools have a spouse and drug abuser on the school board. Why...

Shaun Bowler, a political science professor at the University of California, Riverside, said Hale may have gotten votes because he was at the top of the ballot.

Good job voters. You're supposed to make at least a half-hearted effort to know who you're electing.


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