Just when we thought the Springboro School Board race couldn’t get any more crazy, the Tea Party jokers come out and prove us wrong.

NewSpringboroSignToday a PAC called Educate Springboro, run by existing school board members Jim Rigano and David Petroni, began placing signs around town supporting two Tea Party-endorsed candidates, David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn.  

Underneath the candidates’ names appears the name of Charles Anderson, another candidate who has been actively running against the Tea Party folks.


Rigano, Petroni and current School Board President Kelly Kohls have actively controlled the board for the past two years, and they have used that control to push a socially conservative agenda on the district, trying to add Creationism and Christian Nationalism to their schools’ curriculum, while actively opposing any new funding for the schools.

Meanwhile, Anderson has been running as part of a three-candidate team, along with Ron Malone, David Stuckey, to unseat the Axis of Kohls. Needless to say, Anderson is a little annoyed that his name has been used to help further the chances of a bunch a wackadoodle associates like Bitner and Vaughn.   (The website for Malone, Stuckey and Anderson (MSA) is here)

“There’s just no room for the deception,” Anderson told WDTN. “This is deceptive.”

Petroni defends the decision to put up the highly deceptive signs the same way that these Tea Party types always do: it’s not politics, it’s about the children.

Bullshit, Mr. Petroni.    This is 100% about politics.  And you’ve proven that if you can’t win fairly, you’ll try to cheat your way to success.

What a great message to teach our children.

For anyone interested in a first hand account of the mess Kohls and her crew have caused in Springboro, we highly recommend reading this post by Springboro parent David Bowman.


  • JakeJohnson

    Read the other articles about what is happening in that town and you can see why their image has been terrible for the past three years. I wouldn’t move there even if they paid me. Goodbye young home owners, hello vacancies!

  • dmoore2222

    If Kasich and the republicans were moving this state forward this kind of crap wouldn’t even make the news. But Ohio is stagnating so every whacko in the state is filling the vacuum, taking the cue from Kasich’s ugly, belicose attitude coming into office. Most people don’t want the food fight that is happening in Ohio over the schools, women’s issues, gay rights, workers rights, etc. But that’s what they’re getting because republicans just don’t know how to govern.

  • Retrofuturistic

    The Christian GOP can never win fairly— on merit, on their history, or on their platform. They can only “win” with Dirty Tricks— hackable voting machines and optical scanners, anonymous Citizens United money, outright lies, media monopolies, religious manipulation, and gerrymandering.

  • athenap

    Part of the problem is that corporate media is buying up all the little local papers and consolidating them into county or regional news. So you get two pages of OMG!Racino!, ten pages of Mason sports, half a column page on Lebanon issues, Little Miami and Kings when they remember they exist (and hey, they’re interchangeable, so not like it matters), some syndicated conservative columnist, and product reviews instead of what’s going on in the school board meetings or local government.

  • MonishChatterjee

    This is clear deception by political whackos and hack-jobs, who are hell-bent upon dragging down and damaging the years of good work by Dr. Malone and the highly dedicated teachers who have raised the standards of SHS, tried to make the schools competitive and excellence-oriented, the staff and faculty well-compensated, and the forums open and cross-cultural, as all places of education should be. If Mr. Petroni has seen this banner of deception, it is unconscionable that he downplays such obvious cheating, as whacks and politicos always do. Their intellectual dishonesty is staggering. This is “hanging chads” and POTUS 2000 Redux all over again. And what a slide it has been for this country as a whole since that grand theft by the Supreme Court. These people do not have the foggiest idea of what education and intellectual pursuits should be about. Their records make that vastly clear.

    DROVES, and send the narrow-minded politicos a strong message of

  • missskeptic

    If taxpayers see the value of their homes dropping because of the reputation of the school board, they may finally wake up to the downside of conservatism. All the slogans and phony patriotism mean nothing if you’re losing money.

  • dmoore2222

    Well said. The Dispatch loves this kind of stuff because they’re journalistically lazy and it’s easy to bottom feed off of this meaningless chum.

  • JakeJohnson

    Not sure about the specific application to Springboro, but I think you are right. Your first sentence could be written as “This is clear deception by political whackos and hack-jobs, who are
    hell-bent upon dragging down and damaging the years of good work by working people everywhere.” Tea Party types are out to destroy this country and everything that hard working people have built.

  • David Corey

    Well, based on results posted by the Enquirer as of 10:44pm, Anderson, Stucky, and Malone are headed to the School Board.

  • lathebiosas

    Well, it’s Wednesday morning and thankfully sanity ruled the day.

  • Nico

    You are an ignorant little bitch. What do we turn to then? The great democrats who buried Detroit and Thousands of other cities. Wake up you ugly bitch.

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