The result? The vote totals are so low that it’s clear not even a majority of parents turned out.
And you have to wonder about some of those who did. More than 300 voters actually checked off the name of Ken Sawicki, a perennial candidate who’s had a variety of brushes with the law and who runs for every available office at the same time, apparently unable to decide how he’d like to serve. Either voters sincerely thought this was a man who should help chart the future course for more than 4,000 schoolchildren, or they didn’t know who the heck they were voting for — and didn’t care.
In any case, with such low turnout, it’s hard to glean any message from this election, except that Salem is in for some tough days ahead if those most affected don’t care enough to educate themselves about the issues and the candidates, and then get out and vote.