Emails show White lobbied for state school board VP position

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Emails show White lobbied for state Board of Education VP position
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Bill White publicly accused fellow West Virginia Board of Education members last year of making a “back room deal” to select the board’s three officers, and told a reporter twice after the July 2015 board vote — in which he wasn’t named one of the leaders — that he didn’t want an officer position.

But about a month and a half before the vote on who would become the board’s president, vice president and secretary, he had emailed fellow board members Mike Green and Lloyd Jackson saying he wanted to be vice president.

“I plan to contact Board members to garner their support for me as Vice President of the Board for 2015 and 2016,” White wrote in the May 23, 2015, email, which the Gazette-Mail obtained through an open records request.

White wrote in that email that, “It has come to my attention from other board members that you, Mike are soliciting votes for President of the Board with Lloyd as the Vice President.”

White did ask other board members to support his bid for vice president, according to more emails obtained through the records request. He sent emails to Tom Campbell, Beverly Kingery and Jim Wilson.

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