Board of Education candidate: Joe Caudle
Published 3:18 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Liberty Church Rd, Yadkinville (Davie Co.)
Wife, Angela Tucker Caudle; daughter and son-in-law, Haley and Justin Potts; son and daughter-in-law, Jake and Elora Caudle; grandsons, Eli Potts, Liam Potts, Noah Potts
Davie High School, Class of 1989; US Marine Corps, 1989-1993; NC National Guard, 1995-2004; East Coast Polytechnic Institute, 1996 graduate
Fire & Security Industry with the same company for the last 26 years
In The Community
• Member, Farmington Baptist Church, 2005-current
• Member, Ijames Baptist Church, 1994-2005
• Member, American Legion
Why did you decide to seek public office?
Caudle: Two reasons: First was the issue of forced masked mandates. In September of 2021, I spoke in front of the School Board on this issue. The words that I spoke went unheeded. One must understand that there is a zero chance of a healthy child being infected and having life changing health ramifications, including death from covid. While almost all the counties in North Carolina bowed down to the fear porn of a manufactured pandemic, only one county in the state of North Carolina, Union County, followed the actual science. Union County did not abide with the government narrative of mask mandates and the ridiculous quarantining of healthy individuals. This pains me to say, but the leadership of Davie County Schools basically sold our kids out for the extra funding, this is inacceptable. Politicians and unelected bureaucrats don’t have the privilege of making healthcare choices for children, that is the parents responsibility.
Second: When I look across this country, I see a world that is 180 degrees out of phase with reality and Davie County is not immune from my observations. I am tired of putting my trust into people that say one thing to get elected, only for them to turn around and do the opposite. I’ll be the first to admit that I do not know everything, but I also believe that I am very astute and informed on the critical issues of the day and have a firm foundation for discerning the truth and coming up with solutions.
What do you think are the most significant challenges facing the school system, and how do you intend to address those challenges?
Caudle: There are several. I have made it a point to reach out and talk to all sides (parents, teachers, staff, etc.) to better understand what the major issues are affecting our schools. The conclusions that I came away with are as follows: Low Morale among teachers and staff, Ineffective Leadership, Lack of Accountability and Course Curriculum. I have already addressed these issues and it would be difficult to do here with a 500-word limit that I am trying to abide by. I would like your readers to know that they have two options to learn more, for the Facebook astute they can go to Joe Caudle for Davie County Schoolboard or my website.com CaudleforDC.com. I would like to share one of the concerns that I found. It seems has though when positions open within the school system, that the leadership and administration are quick to fill these positions from outside the county. It is my view that Davie County possesses plenty of home-grown talent to fill these roles. It seems reasonable to me that the leadership in Davie County as a whole should give first consideration for any job position to one of our own qualified residents before looking to the outside. As a leader in any organization, I believe it is their duty to lift their people up the ladder of success thereby improving the quality of life for themselves and their families. This should be a policy implemented county wide in my opinion.
What is your perspective on critical race theory? Do you believe there is an issue of Davie teachers promoting American historical events in a biased fashion that distorts the truth?
Caudle: Again, please go to my Facebook page Joe Caudle for Davie County School Board or my website Caudle for DC.com. There you will find an essay I wrote on critical race theory. This essay gives historical detail and context from its inception to current day.
I am vehemently opposed to all curriculums used to promote Marxist ideologies, such as, critical race theory and others.Whereas Karl Marx (the founding father of Marxism) used the social and economic classes of people to cause divisiveness to promote Marxism. What Critical Race Theory and their current promoters seek to do, is use the color of one’s skin to cause divisiveness by turning one group into the oppressor and the other into victims. It is my belief that God is in control of the color of our skin, we don’t get to make that choice. So, whether you are white, black, brown, red, or yellow at the end of the day we are all of one race, the Human Race. God instructs us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. For that reason, any curriculum that seeks to pit white Davie County children against black Davie County children or vice versa, will not be tolerated. I’ll go one step farther, any teacher found promoting this garbage to our children, should be immediately removed from the classroom and unemployed.
As to the second part of the question, without doubt, yes. Yes, there are teachers within Davie County Schools that give a false rendering of history. Without giving specific details, I can paint this picture under the following umbrella. There is no one group, race, or tribe of people that we can blame all of society’s ills on or the worlds for that matter. The problem with today’s cultural attitude is that the secular aspect of our society are doing their best to cancel out and rewrite history that fits into their own personal worldview or political ideology. History is a tool to be used to learn from, so that past mistakes are not repeated. Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it (…Truth). How are we, as a people and a nation, know where we are going, if we have no idea of where we came from. Fact, every group, race, or tribe of people on planet Earth at one time or another has been the conquerors, the conquered and the enslaved. No one group, race or tribe can claim otherwise, the historical record is clear on this matter. If the truth be told, all the world’s ills and problems can be laid at the feet of one cause. That cause my friends, is called sin. The only way that we are going to see true justice and peace among peoples in this nation and the world is through repentance.
Caudle: My name is Joe Caudle, and I am a candidate for the Davie County Board of Education. Please allow me a moment to give you a brief bio about myself.
My family moved to Davie County when I was seven, that was 43 years ago (I’ll let you do the math). I am Davie County through and through. I graduated from Davie High School with the Class of 89. I joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. I spent four years on active duty and became a combat veteran at the tender age of 19. I married my high school sweetheart (also class of 89) just before being Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps. After my active service came to an end, I enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard where I continued to serve my country and my state for another nine years. I have 13 total years of service in uniform to my country, all honorably. I have been married to my lovely wife for 29 years. I have two wonderful well-grounded children and three amazing grandsons.
I love God, my family, and my country. My family, along with my love of Davie County, have encouraged my candidacy for a seat on the Davie County Board of Education. Helping children succeed is a passion of mine. I have 12 years of coaching experience between football, little league baseball, and softball teams that my children were a part of. Children are our future and giving them the best opportunity in our school system to reach their God-given potential is a top priority for me. Teachers have my utmost respect and I believe they have one of the most important jobs in the world. All school employees are valuable and leave a huge impact on our children’s lives.
If elected I will absolutely and unequivocally ensure that voters, especially parents and caregivers, have a voice in the education of their children. I believe that parents/guardians have the responsibility to make all healthcare decisions for their children, not bureaucrats or politicians. We are all Americans, and we follow laws. It is not our place to force nonsensical political mandates upon our county. We should never play politics with the wellbeing of our children’s physical or mental health. I will never vote to sacrifice a parent’s right to make those important decisions for their own children.
It would be an honor to lead on the Board of Education to ensure Davie County offers a top-notch, high-quality education to every child. I will ensure that every child that goes through our school system receives the support they deserve whether they decide to continue their education through college, learn a trade, join the workforce, or serve their country in the Armed Forces.
Lastly, I assure you that I will not waver on what I believe to be right for the students and families of Davie County. My views and beliefs cannot be bought. If you have felt frustrated over certain decisions in Davie County schools over the past couple years, I share your sentiments, and promise to make positive changes to the way our school system operates.
Semper Fi & God Bless.