In a move that has never happened in recent history, Kenosha Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Weiss (D) and board president Yolanda Santos (D) have unilaterally decided that due to a mistake by the district, board member Eric Meadows will be removed from office. The school district said in a release that the mistake was discovered almost a year into Meadow’s three-year term. Some of the 75+ supporters that attended a press conference tonight think there is more to the story. The group met at about 5:45 pm outside the educational support center located at 3721 52nd St, in Kenosha. Meadows is a pro-parent rights conservative and wanted to unmask children in the district and keep kids in school. These positions resonated with voters in the Spring of 2022. He was elected, along with two other candidates.
Kicking off the press conference was retired Kenosha police officer and conservative activist Brian Gonzales. “We’re here to support Eric, but we’re also here to support our vote, because the bottom line is we cannot have theses people overrule our vote. This is a certified election and we certified Eric to be there for [three years]. Because he is supposed to be there for three years, suddenly now because it’s Eric, it’s gonna be a one year thing? I think not,” said Gonzales.
Next to speak was local artist, 21-year poll-worker and supporter of Meadows, Mary Magdalen Moser. She said that the removal of a duly-elected board member is unconstitutional and said “there are no do-overs” in election. “We are not surfs, or peasant, or slaves, we are citizens, and our votes matter. We support Eric.”
Barb Griffin spoke next and scrutinized board chair Yonanda Santo’s last-minute change to the upcoming meeting where Meadows’ fate will be decided. The meeting will be two days early and occur on February 20, 2023 at 6 pm at Indian Trail High School located at 6800 60th St in Kenosha. Many speculate that it was changed to stifle public comment, which is suspected to be very significant. We asked Santos why she changed the meeting and she wouldn’t answer.
Lamar Madison, candidate for Kenosha Unified School District Board, spoke next. He will be on the ballot this April, and he is also a supporter of Meadows. “There is no election that has ever been overturned that has been certified,” said Madison. “The voters should not be disenfranchised because [the district] made a mistake. Eric should not pay the price for a mistake the district made,” he continued. “As far as I know, since 2020, a certified election cannot be overturned.“
KUSD board bember Kristine Schmaling spoke in support of Meadows and told the crowd that the two have worked very hard to make progress in the schools.
Meadows exited the ESC at about 6:15 pm, taking a short break from a committee meeting, and was greeted by the large gathering with cheering and applause.
“Today, I authorized my attorney Erick Kaardal, Thomas More Society Special Counsel, to send a cease and desist letter to the KUSD school board and the superintendent demanding the district halt their proceedings to replace me by appointment.
The resolution presented to the KUSD school board by their attorneys to rectify the situation is unacceptable as they are forcing me to accept the consequences of their own egregious mistake. I was elected to a three year term and feel the will of the people has been trampled if I am unfairly forced out prematurely by school board appointment.
I have therefore sought and retained Thomas More Society as legal counsel and have decided to contest the KUSD school board’s decision to replace me, an elected board member, with a person, who is appointed by the school board.
I respectfully request the school board reconsider their plan to oust me in favor of respecting the will of the people.
We expect to hear from them soon so I can get back to doing what the citizens of Kenosha elected me to do.”
Meadows took a few questions from the press after his prepared statement. Meadows indicated that he does plan to apply to be appointed to the KUSD board for one more year. If he is appointed, he will still be shorted one year of his term.
“This is not yet formal litigation, but there is a threat of formal litigation… If they don’t comply with my demands, we will be filing a lawsuit,” said Meadows.
Meadows told KCE that while he was initially happy with KUSD Superintendent Jeff Weiss’s leadership, he isn’t happy with how easily he caved to the pressure to remove Meadows from office.
Meadows’ legal team, The Thomas Moore Society, will be representing hims in the inevitable litigation. According to the organization’s website, their mission statement is:
“The Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Based in Chicago, the Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court.”
You can watch the entire press conference below: