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Lack of transparency, not questions, hurting Lexington District One students

Now that my campaign is gaining traction, I have become aware of an organized effort to discredit me by others because of pending litigation. This litigation has been public record since December 6, 2017 when I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. Here is the link to the document for you to view: www.jadagarris.com/transparency Due to the way FOIA is structured, I am not eligible to receive any money or compensation from this lawsuit. I will not get ONE penny. The only thing I stand to gain is information that I will pass on to the voter and taxpayer.

I filed this lawsuit after repeated FOIA requests went unfilled. On April 25, 2017, I stood before the school board at a public meeting and showed them a letter from the Attorney General's office concerning my request. It stated: “The Attorney General's Office is of the mind that Lexington School District One misconstrued … its disclosure obligations under FOIA.” I went on to say publicly: “I could take this information to an attorney and something tells me that they're going to agree with the Attorney General's opinion, but that would be doing an injustice to the taxpayers of this district.” I requested the information again after publicly informing the board of the Attorney General’s opinion, giving them an opportunity to comply. I filed with the court as a last resort. I am in the process of posting all of these letters on my website. I have absolutely nothing to hide. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I do not believe it is ridiculous to ask questions.

I am a mother of two who works as a court reporter with no political affiliations or aspirations. Yet, somehow, I have threatened the establishment by seeking information and transparency. I encourage the district to adopt the same policy as the Attorney General and “when in doubt, disclose”. They have unlimited resources and money, I do not. I am just the little guy fighting for the little guy.

Please do not let this pending litigation distract you from all of the issues at hand. The people who stand to gain from a lack of transparency would rather spend time attacking me personally instead of talking about the issues.

Sincerely,

Jada Garris

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