Letter to the Editor: ‘Bewildered’ by Hellrung

We were saddened and, quite frankly bewildered, by [Jeff] Hellrung’s attack against us and his endorsement of our opponents. The comments expressed are diametrically opposed to comments he has made to us personally. We guess it really is true that politics makes strange bedfellows.

Hellrung’s letter is ironic for two reasons.

First, when we ran four years ago, Hellrung’s good friend and colleague on the school board, Keith Knauss, had written a similar attack against the two of us and also sang the praises of the slate endorsed by the Chadds Ford Republican Party. Parents and others who cared about the quality of education rallied to our defense. They were only too aware that Knauss, along with Hellrung, were the leaders of an organization known as the Citizens for Efficient Education, the organization that single-handedly defeated two referendums to renovate Unionville High School.

Apparently history is repeating itself. The only difference is that with Keith, we always knew where we stood. With Jeff, he chose to wait until a few days before the election to take off his mask and reveal his true motivation: to ensure that the UCF School Board will once again have a strong conservative majority.

The other irony is the statement that Hellrung made. He knows well that our "Education ... Not Politics" theme is related to the fact that we are running with Bev Brookes on a bi-partisan team for school board. We are three proud parents and a grandparent, Democrats and Republicans running together to serve the best interest of our schools. We have not solicited any political party donations nor will we be beholden to any political party when we cast votes that impact the future of our schools. It is a fact that the opposition slate was recruited by Mary Kot, the chair of the Republican Party of Chadds Ford, and anyone who does not believe that she is the “man behind the curtain” for their campaign simply has their head in the sand.

One final comment. We ask all letter writers to stop the bullying attacks on Bev Brookes with their statements that she has tried to hide the fact that her daughter is a teacher in the district. She has always been upfront about that fact, as reporters and any voters she has met will tell you. And like our board president, who was elected when his daughter was also a teacher, this will in no way compromise her effectiveness on the board. She is a passionate, committed, and quite frankly amazing woman, and we are honored to be running with her for School Board.

Kathleen Meehan Do
Gregg Lindner
UCF School Board Directors
Region C – Pennsbury/Chadds Ford


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2 Responses to “Letter to the Editor: ‘Bewildered’ by Hellrung”

  1. Jeff Hellrung says:

    My letter was neither an attack against Do and Lindner nor an endorsement of their opponents. I meerely pointed out the irony of three veteran political operatives running on an Education Not Politics slate against three polotical neophytes. I pointed out candidate Brooks conflict of interest. I encouraged Region C voters to overlook the electioneering slogans and to decide instead on the issues. I trust their good judgement.

    • Carol Catanese says:

      Jeff, your audacity continues to alarm and dismay me. Alarm: that you so flagrantly insinuate one group (Do, Lindner and Brookes) as being political operatives while the other group as political neophytes. Dismay: that you are an elected official entrenched in your PAC (kind of like the kettle calling the pot black).
      And yet, Do, Lindner and Brookes have no political agenda or strings with any political party, while Daniels, Murphy and Ramunno were recruited by Mary Kot, Chadds Ford Republican Party chair.
      You’re a disgrace to the position of school board director.

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