Christian group, community paper back Essendrop in U-46
Enoch Essendrop earned endorsements from the lobbying arm of the Illinois Family Institute and the Bartlett Examiner community newspaper in his run for the Elgin Area School District U46 board recently.
“You need to be aware that when it comes to the important topic of privacy issues for students, the candidates that deserve your support and are endorsed by Illinois Family Action are challengers Cody Holt, and Enoch Essendrop," John Biver said on the Christian organization's website.
Essendrop is one of five people running for three four-year seats on the U-46 board.
“While there are three incumbent candidates and only two challengers, electing Holt and Essendrop (and removing two of the incumbents) will put voices of sanity and common sense on the board,” Biver said.
The Examiner went so far as to ask voters not to choose a third candidate, even though three board seats are available.
“This election — with three seats in play — presents a wonderful opportunity to flip that 4 to 3 majority from the irresponsible, big-spending and race-baiting status quo to a new school board dedicated to quality education and fiscal responsibility,” it said. “We are, therefore, strongly endorsing Holt and Essendrop, and we are urging voters to vote only for these TWO candidates, and no others, in order to give greater strength to those votes.”
Essendrop and Melissa Owens are the only challengers to the trustees running for re-election: Holt, Donna Smith and Veronica Noland.
"There is a great need for change in U-46; change in perspective, change in objective and, most importantly, our school district needs to change its direction," Essendrop said on his Facebook page. "I stand for common sense reform and I hope you do too. "