Latest updates from the campaign:
Washington Post article "Claim that sex ed ‘grooms’ kids jolted Nebraska politics a year before it swept the nation"
Drew Blessing, a Kearney school board member tried to correct what he called “a ton of misinformation” about the proposed standards. Some foes of the standards accused him of being a “groomer” in emails, he said.
“We’re talking about public schools, not Christian schools,” said Blessing, 34, who is active in his church. “We are not trying to teach kids to be gay or trans … but we have to acknowledge these differences exist and that we all deserve kindness and respect.”
One of the two candidates who fell short in his bid for the Kearney School Board is endorsing three of the top four vote-getters.
“At this time, I would like to endorse Drew Blessing, John D. Icenogle and Wendy Kreis for the upcoming general election,” said Will Kirkland in a Wednesday press release in which he conceded his loss.
Blessing worked in K-12 schools upon graduating from college and at Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney. Those experiences, as well as serving on the board during the pandemic, showed him how critically important education is to a community, he said.
“I take my role very seriously. I represent not just my child, not just your child, but I represent over 5,500 students in this district and that is not lost on me. That’s so important, and I take that very seriously,” Blessing said.
Kearney Public Schools Board of Education member Drew Blessing has announced his campaign for re-election.
“No one could have predicted what we would encounter over the last four years. I’m thankful for all of those moments that polished me as a member of the board and a leader in our community. I’m proud of the impact we’ve had on improving our schools for students, teachers, and staff and I look forward to continuing that work through a second term,” Blessing said.