King says he has two children in the school system and wants to help continue their quality education by becoming a board member without salary or compensation. "Not only am I a resident of Jasper -- I'm also a satisfied customer. I want to do everything in my power to make sure the mission keeps going the way it is," says King. "It's time for some new blood and new ideas in Jasper."
Habig says there are big federal and state-mandated changes coming to school corporations and she is the best leader during those changes. "Right now I think I'm the best candidate to guide this corporation through all of the changes we need to make in a very short period of time and in the best interest of the kids."
This race is causing a stir in Jasper for more reasons than an incumbent being challenged. Before King's name hit the ballot, it was on a website called savewhitepeople.com. King says he was a consultant and contributor for the website when it existed. The website was recently removed from the internet, but when it was live, it featured King's YouTube video called, 'White Genocide -- Fact or Fiction?'
Now web users are directed to a site called caucasianpersuasion.com. King says he is not involved in the new site -- and calls his video on white genocide "truthful."
The video begins with an introduction from King. "I'm John King from the White Voice at savewhitepeople.com. I'm here to talk to you on the subject of global white genocide." Following King's opening dialogue, the video transitions into photos, some gruesome, of Caucasian people who King claims were injured by people of different races. Then he goes through graphs and numbers explaining why he believes the white race is rapidly declining and at risk of extinction.
"I am not against anybody. I'm just talking about a ecological scientific problem that exists worldwide," says King, who compares white genocide to whales in danger of extinction.
King says he recorded the video over the summer and although he posted it to YouTube, he never expected it to go public. "I had no intention of talking about this publicly at all," King tells Eyewitness News. "What does it have to do with the school board? Nothing!"
King says he wants people to focus on his school board platform -- and his main priority involves students who are illegal aliens. "I am aware there are English as a second language courses and they have special mentoring and because of their deficient language skills," says King. "I say if we can't keep the illegal aliens out, we should make the federal government pay for them. Let's give a break to our hardworking taxpayers here in Jasper."
King's platform reads, "I propose, in the spirit of Senate Bill 590, signed by Governor Daniels in 2011, which requires the Indiana state government to bill Washington DC for all state expenses incurred due to illegal aliens residing in our state, that the Greater Jasper School District take action to bill Washington for all expenses incurred by our school district as it is compelled without compensation to educate illegal aliens."
Habig says her focus remains on educating Jasper students. She says she wants the school board race to remain non-partisan -- but is disappointed by King's platform. "I really don't think the majority people in Jasper would share those views and I'm a little disappointed that someone running for office with those views."
Eyewitness News has learned King's views may not stop there. A blog called 'United White' -- now removed from the he internet -- features anti-Semitic views. The blog says it is written by John King and shows his picture. An excerpt from a post titled 'I am the ghost of Purim past' reads "I live in fear of God, not fear of neanderthalic Jews - that's you." The end of the post finishes with, "I will be biting at your ankles and stabbing your vulture hearts until you and your demon god Jehovah are consigned to the depths of hell."
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