13 October 2009


Fresh from his humiliating defeat at the hands of Doc O’Keefe, Ron Ellsworth is not content to be politically dead for a moment.

ronshotHe is playing the political zombie card.

Ron is trying his hand at getting elected – again – to the Eastern School District board

He’s running in the zone that matches Ward Four in the City of St. John’s.

Lest you think this makes Ellsworth something special,  Ronnie isn’t alone in being a defeated candidate trying his hand at another elected office. 

zombiesOver in the board zone that matches Ward Two, voters can find Scott Fitzgerald.  He ran in said ward just a few weeks ago and was soundly defeated by incumbent Frank Galgay.

Meanwhile, in the zone matching city Ward Three there is George Joyce.  You may recall George ran in the last provincial election against Sheila Osborne in St. John’s West.

And, of course, the guy from Avalon West who is currently the board chair – Milton Peach – is a former Tory cabinet minister from the Peckford years.

Now for people who haven’t held elected office before, the school board can be a way of getting your name around and building up some contacts for a run at something else.

For Scott and even George, then,  there is some sense to this if they have future political ambitions.

But as for Ron, it seems a  bit odd to go backwards  - so to speak - like this.

After all, if he loses this one, where else can he go?



Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm..... Like failed municipal candidate Shannon Tobin in Happy Valley Goose Bay, now running for school board.

babe in boyland said...

working on the school board is a thankless, problematic task. i applaud anyone who actually *competes* to take on this difficult job.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Trustees have very little real authority or influence.

In the curreent set-up, which emasculated the boards and turned the CEOS into deputy ministrs in waiting (or ministers in one case), the situation is pathetic.

They were supposed to have genuine authority and responsibility and be close enough to the people they serve to make a difference.

As it is, decisions about schools in CBN are made by people in St. John's who have no idea what is going on there and can't be expected to know. They have no connection to the locale and can't get one.

Ditto in St. John's where decisions are made, effectively by people with no ties to the community. Take a look at the numbers and arrangement. George Joyce mapped it out to the point where I wondered why he was runnign for a job that pays nothing and has no power to do anything, let alone anythiong positive.

Anonymous said...

The top 10 statements of intelligence from Ward Pike;

1.You see, most people in our society buy everything the media sells... and the media shops exclusively at Left-Wing stores and the same media gives the Liberals a pass on all failures.

2.As a matter of fact, Fox News is probably more objective than the CBC

3.Even the Nobel Org has become political and a popularity contest these days.

4.Misogyny Hmm... does it have a counterpart for the other gender? You know, when a female has male hatred and distrust in its heart? I don't know if there's a word for that, and I'm just curious. Nothing more!!

5.Perhaps it's time to bring back Beth Marshall? If she's allowed to do her job this time, she could do one heck of a good job.

6.I know, I know. I should not ask such questions. We live in a police state.

7.You should realize (and I'm sure you do) that this goes WAY the heck beyond any minor political squabbles we (you, me, Simon, Peter, Wally etc) go through periodically. This is the express train to crazyland. And they don't sell return tickets.

8.Jumping to conclusions usually means ending up in a free-fall, as there’s little base there to support you when you come down. I'll admit I'm sometimes guilty of this also.

9.I am proud to call Sheila O'Leary a friend for the past 25+ years.

10.I was raised by a die-hard feminist

Edward G. Hollett said...

Meaning comes from context, 2133 and without context none of those comments mean anything.

They mena even less coming from an anonymouse.

Ward Pike said...

Thanks Ed, for putting that IN context, and to 2133, Here's some context for you:
1. Blogs are important because they are the antithesis of media sometimes, and shopping at them instead of the media gives you breadth of opinion.
2. I stand by that. CBC is terribly biased.
3. What's your point here? Any disagreement??
4. Some feminists are misandrist.
5. Beth Marshall has major credibility!
6. By posting this, aren't you policing/examining my words?
7. Taking one's self too seriously or taking strong offense is also a clear sign of being so closed minded as to not offer any ability to work with others.
8. So??? My knack for the obvious bothers you?
9. Sheilagh and I have been friends for a long time. I'm sorry I quickly typed and mispelled her first name last time.
10. Ever heard of the Health Care Foundation? Check out who has chaired. Find a more selfless or self-made woman in NL. That's woman power!

And yes, I am running for School Board Trustee for Electoral Zone (District) 9. I still believe we can make a difference!

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Anonymous said...

who knew!