This election has a total of 14 candidates; 11 for the 3 year term and 3 for the 1 year unexpired vacancy.For the 3 year term there are two unaffiliated candidates and three slates of three each.
I for one have a problem with the concepts of slates in a supposedly apolitical type election. A slate suggests that the members will act cohesively if elected. That can not be in the best interests of the community. Fortunately and advisably one votes for individuals and not slates so it would be possible to elected an individual from each of the slates or include one both of the "independents" rounding out your vote with a "committed" slate member.
Therefore one should selected the three out of the eleven that one considers would make the most effective members of our dysfunctional board.
Regarding the three slates; the first question posed to them at the LWV forum asked them if the slate or any of its individual members had received support from any union or political organization or leadership personnel.
Coalition for Better Schools; Mr Estevez as spokesman denied any such support. Ms Burgwinkle, a lawyer, made a modifying statement to the effect that they had received support from "friends" which I interpreted to be a coded "yes". Out of the blue Thursday's mail had a flier from I believe the Service Workers of America supporting this specific slate. I understand that "Sodexo" the food purveyor for the district is on SWA's roles.
Change our Schools-Change our City: Its spokesperson Ms. Fletcher fielded that question by noting that among their general source of supporters were individuals who could fall into such a classification. Part of the impetus for the query was a rumor that Assemblyman and Chairman of the City Democrat Committee Green, had as is his right as a citizen made a substantial monetary gift to their campaign.
ELECT A GRAND S.L.A.M.:The spokespeople for this group denied any such support. Friday on PEPTalk:REVISITED, the blog of one its members, there is posted a letter of endorsement from the Plainfield Education Association, the teacher's union. It is possible that on Wednesday night this slate's membership had no knowledge of such a powerful endorsement.
Of the three seeking the unexpired term one Mr.Tucker on
I will not announce my choices although all slate members have baggage either by their slate association or membership at present or prior on the BOE. Out of the later group, since so much of their deliberations are done in executive session we will never know the truth. Unless proven otherwise they must accept responsibility for the present mess.
I have tried to present factors that have influenced my thought process on this election, how you vote should be determined by a similar process. I have focused on "slates" not the membership. Every one of the slates as at least one member whom I would consider quality. That is why I suggest selectivity. This election could be a turning point if 30% if the electorate turns out.