The democratic write-in candidate for superintendent dropped by Tuesday’s school board meeting.
The meeting was close to wrapping up when Kathy Lambert tried to come in through a door blocked by board members and staff. After being redirected to the correct entrance on the other side of the building, Lambert approached the podium with a large plastic bag of various note cards, noting that she’d dropped one somewhere.
"My name is Kathy Lambert, but I go by 'Kat' because it's easier to write K-A-T than K-A-T-H-Y, and there are a lot of amendments on the ballot," she said.
She wanted to address the board, "not because I think I'm going to win in a landslide against Kurt Browning.”
Lambert said her purpose for attending the meeting was to express her support for the district's employees.
“The reason I’m here is because of regardless of who hired” the people who work for various district departments, Lambert said. If someone thinks that because they are elected they are going to come in and turn that upside down, they’re not going to be allowed to do that, Lambert said.
She has never met most of them, only communicating with them through “electronic technology,” because she doesn’t have a vehicle, she said.
But they are all “excellent people,” she said.
“I know a lot of principals,” Lambert said, noting that she started substitute teaching in the 1970s.
She also told the board that she wants solar power to replace Progress Energy at all Pasco schools.
A switch to solar power would give the district the money it needs to give teachers raises, she said.
“The enemy is not Republican or Democrat, it is Progress Energy," Lambert said.
Republican superintendent candidate Kurt Browning also was in attendance Tuesday. He did not address the board.