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That's not an endorsement

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April

DonaldsonfloatA read of Pasco superintendent candidate Steve Donaldson's blog might give you the impression that he's backed by the local school employees association. And why wouldn't he want that? The group does represent about 10,000 people who care passionately about the school system, after all.

They might even have spouses, family members and friends who vote, too.

But the picture of Donaldson on the United School Employees of Pasco float at the Chasco Fiesta (see at left, from his site), and the comments about Donaldson brainstorming budget ideas with USEP leadership ("We met with USEP last night and discussed the budget cuts that are afflicting districts all over the state") do not an endorsement make.

"He is slated to go through the same screening process that Heather Fiorentino has to go through" before the USEP backs a candidate, association president Lynne Webb tells the Gradebook. That review begins in May, most likely after the hopefuls have finished their petitions to secure a spot on the September ballot.

So what gives with the photos and the budget confabs?

"He is a union member, which means he's entitled to come to our union meetings and to be part of any parades or floats that we have," Webb says. But as to the larger question, "No. Steve Donaldson has not been endorsed."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:39am]

    

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