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Sunday, July 28, 2019 1:00 am

Political Notebook

Paper buy proves FWCS' funding point

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

A routine copy paper purchase on Monday gave the Fort Wayne Community Schools board president an opportunity to send a message to state lawmakers.

The school board unanimously approved a one-year supply of 8.5-by-11-inch paper from AMO of Fort Wayne for a cost of $246,449.50 – a 4.62% increase from the last bid opened in June 2018.

Julie Hollingsworth, the board president, compared that increase to the state funding FWCS receives.

“When supplies and utilities and all those things go up, an increase in school funding does not translate directly to an increase in teacher pay,” Hollingsworth said, noting the legislature expects the district to give its teachers pay raises of less than 2% over the next two years.

Democratic dinner

The Allen County Democratic Party's annual dinner will be Sept. 27 at Ceruti's Summit Park.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, who is up for re-election this year, will speak at the dinner. 

Henry is opposed by Republican Tim Smith in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

The Democratic Party said additional dinner speakers will be announced later.

Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. and the dinner will start at 7 p.m. in the Diamond Room of Ceruti's Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Tickets are $50 a person, $350 for a table of eight people, $1,000 for silver sponsors, $2,500 for gold sponsors and $5,000 for platinum sponsors.

Senate bid

A Fort Wayne native is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona.

Ann Escosa Griffin of Flagstaff recently announced that she will challenge Sen. Martha McSally in the 2020 Republican primary election.

Griffin, 65, said she is a retired public school teacher and a 1972 graduate of Northrop High School.

Still living in Fort Wayne are Griffin's mother, Dorothy Escosa; her brother, John Escosa; and her sister, Carla Escosa. 

Griffin attended Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated from Arizona State University in Phoenix, where she and her husband, Bruce, a lawyer, were living at the time.

Griffin said she is not a supporter of President Donald Trump. 

She also said she favors abortion rights and an optional single-payer health care system, and she believes school choice has not delivered on its promise of education innovations.

All are positions that are out of step with GOP policies.

“I'm an old-fashioned Republican – the kind that actually believed that the Republican Party was a large tent,” she said in a telephone interview.

Ashley Sloboda of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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