Louisville, Ky. (PRESS RELEASE) – David Kaplan is withdrawing his candidacy for Jefferson County School Board, District 2 and is issuing the following statement:
“I filed to run for Jefferson County School Board because I knew I could make a positive difference for the schoolchildren of District 2 – including my own son and daughter. When I entered the race, I was unaware that David Jones Jr. was also planning to run in this district. After Mr. Jones announced his candidacy, I reached out to him about why he was running and discovered we share a lot of common ground, including our agreement on the paramount importance of boosting student achievement district wide. I already knew Mr. Jones as a successful Chairman at Chrysalis Ventures. In our meeting, I also found him to be a thoughtful individual who is highly qualified for the position, passionate about education, and 100 percent committed to serving our community. From the founding and astronomical growth of one of Louisville’s biggest employers, Humana, the development of the one of the nation’s biggest new public parks projects, The Parklands at Floyds Fork, to their generous support of public education and leadership in the 55,000 Degrees initiative, the Jones family has given much to make Louisville great.
I have reflected on our conversation and decided that the schoolchildren of our city would be best served by the candidates focusing their energies on how to meet educational challenges rather than having two opponents who fundamentally agree on so much conduct a very expensive and all-consuming political campaign.
For this reason, I have elected to step aside and have made myself available to advise Mr. Jones on education policy issues important to the district. I wish Mr. Jones the best of luck in advancing a student achievement-centered agenda and look forward to seeing the details of his platform as we get closer to the election in November.”