[Melaney Bernhardt of Brighton holds two signs, Freedom Over Fear and Honk For Freedom, joining a group of people on Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo protesting against COVID health regulation mandates on February 12, 2022. The group met in the parking lot of a former Gander Mountain on Young Street, Tonawanda, to rally and then caravan to Pat Sole Park in Buffalo near the Peace Bridge to protest the COVID mandates. Part of the rally was in support of the truckers in Canada who shut down the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The group headed first to Niagara Square before heading to Pat Sole Park and honked as they went by Buffalo City Hall and Buffalo Police and Fire Headquarters. TINA MACINTYRE-YEE/ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE]
We have a very troubling development in the Brighton Central Schools board election on Tuesday, May 17th. One candidate, Melaney Bernhardt, is hiding her real agenda, which would be destructive to the extraordinarily excellent schools our town has supported for many decades.
Voters reading her official election statement, distributed by our school district, would have no idea of the radical education agenda she associated with through the Florida organization Moms for Liberty (MFL). Bernhardt evidently is secretary of the local MFL chapter.
Banning books MFL dislikes is part of an MFL theme of promoting a narrow, white, faux Christian ideology of “liberty” for some while whitewashing America’s history.
What should trouble us is not the extreme reactionary views Bernhardt associates herself with, and to which she is entitled, but her deceptive effort to slip her extremism past voters with her anodyne official ballot statement.
I would tell you Bernhardt’s explanation for her deceptive conduct except that she didn’t respond to two voicemail messages. If she calls back, I will update this post.
MFL, with help from the local Republican Party, is also trying to elect a candidate in the nonpartisan Irondequoit school board elections, the D&C reported on Sunday.
(See “Monroe County school board elections hinge again on COVID, racism,“Justin Murphy, 5/15/22)
My assessment: Bernhardt is unfit to hold any office.
My concern: we are entering an era of dishonest efforts to infiltrate school boards by people whose agenda they dare not openly share with voters, at least in Brighton.
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