If incumbent school board member Joe Sokolovic wins reelection by one vote running on the Working Families Party line, this exchange, according to his Facebook page, will make the difference if the voter carries through with promise.
Tale from the trail.
Door: why you banging on my damn door?
Me: Cause I want your damn vote!
Door: why the F should I vote for you
Me: because I’m F’in awesome and I F’in am the only candidate with an F’in child in the F’in schools.
I’ve been an F’in board member the last four years and my F’in work is not F’in done yet.
Door: busts out laughing and says you got my vote!
In this F’in sleepy election cycle, the real action comes down to filling the minority-party candidate slots on the nine-member Board of Education. That will come from Republicans and WFP candidates or a combo.
Incumbent Board of Education chair John Weldon and running mates Mary Gaits and Peter Perillo occupy the Republican line. WFP: Sokolovic, Khalid Muhammad and Jose Lopez.
Democratic slate: Christine Baptiste-Perez, Erika Castillo, Michael Maccarone.
If Joe-So retains his seat on Nov. 2 maybe he’ll form his own party: “The F’in-A!”
Additional comments from Joe-So:
This election cycle is quite unique, for this Board of Ed candidate anyway, in a number of ways. Door knocking the usual bread and butter of any candidate during the best of times has changed in many ways.
The first difference is the number of people answering doors has been significant lower, due to the pandemic, since my last campaign.
The second difference is in my approach. When I approach a door and ring the bell I initially do so with my mask down so as to let them view my whole face. About a second after door opens and before I go into my pitch I raise my mask to protect both myself and the voter. Yes, I’m vaccinated but nothing is 100% and I got my wife and child at home to protect as well.