I began this campaign by reaching out on an individual basis to each of the existing School Committee members to formally introduce (and in some cases re-introduce) myself. As I considered our schools and developed a set of priorities and a candidate introduction statement, I reached out to each of them individually again to ask if, after reviewing my statement and priorities, would each of them consider supporting me as a candidate?
As you may imagine, outreach to five busy people took some time. So did developing that set of priorities. They was nothing hasty about the process, it required careful reflection and study. I felt that it was important to secure support that was based on evaluation of my priorities, and that they had a sense of my experience and specific skills I might bring to the team.
I am proud to say that I have secured the support of all five members of the Stoneham School Committee.
Dave Maurer, one of the five members of the School Committee supporting my candidacy, offers a forward looking perspective and can always be counted on to ask key questions that deepen policy discussions at SC meetings. He has long been dedicated to public service in Stoneham. I am thrilled at the prospect of working with him!
The seat that I hope to fill has been held by Jeanne Craigie for a total of 18 years. Jeanne is a dedicated and tenacious advocate for our schools and our whole town. No one could doubt her intelligence, her work ethic, and her good heart. I especially admire and have been inspired by her willingness to be vulnerable in pursuit of the things she believes in. I’ve never met anyone like her, and I’m so grateful that I get to learn from her.
I’m so grateful to have the support of Marie Christie and Shelly MacNeil. Both are long term members of the School Committee. I learn so much from seeing them thoughtfully analyze policy and budget matters.
Marie’s work on the SBCEF makes possible so many touchstone community and family events every year. Her commitment to community service is unparalleled. When she shared the list of all the community groups she is involved with, I couldn’t keep track.
Shelly’s work as Chair of the Substance Abuse Coalition is saving lives. The Coalition is helping us wake up to the reality that all kids are at risk, then teaching real tactics for making positive changes, including de-stigmatizing substance abuse, connecting people to help, and supporting families.
I know I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg of their accomplishments. I’m really humbled at the prospect of working with and learning from them.