Melissa Williams refused to attend student school board forum

By Ryan Miner 


Washington County Board of Education candidate Melissa Williams refused to attend a candidate forum hosted by the Student Government Association.

According to my sources, Williams claims she had “other commitments” this evening, but according to several individuals close to Williams, she chose not to attend tonight’s SGA’s candidate forum in fear of being questioned about her close friend and Board colleague Karen Harshman’s ongoing controversy.

Williams is a key defender of Harshman, leading the charge to keep Harshman on the school board after Harshman falsely accused teachers in the school system of having sexual relations with their students. After an exhaustive investigation, the school system found that Harshman’s allegations were categorically false.


Williams is said to be working in concert with Board member Mike Guessford to defend Harshman against critics who wish to see her resign from the Board.

Please email Melissa Williams at to ask why she snubbed the SGA forum.

Republican Club secretary Linda Murray, a Common Core State Standards supporter, also failed to attend tonight’s forum.

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