At the League of Women Voters of Plainfield* candidate forum, held last week, I listened to all the candidates present as they spoke of their commitment to the school district--they also challenged Wilma Campbell on her more than a decade long tenure as a president/member, presiding over declining graduation rates, lack of textbooks, lack of transparency--with last-minute "walk-on" items, such as the shocking vote to move the election from November to April without any public input*--and what they viewed as mismanagement of public school funds. I think it's time for Wilma Campbell to go--it's time for new energy, new ideas, and a real vision for the district. I am supporting the team of Lynn Anderson, Dorien Hurtt, and Carmencita Pile for the board this year, and I hope that you will join me in voting for a fresh perspective! Please visit the league's website (CLICK HERE) for information on the candidates and their platform.
**When current members of the Plainfield Board of Education, led by Campbell, garnered enough votes to move the election, I was disappointed, because I knew that this would impact voter turnout and add significantly to the cost of the election--upwards of $115,000, according to the Municipal Clerk of Plainfield. I was further disappointed with the newly-restricted voting hours of 2:00 - 9:00 pm--this will surely suppress the vote. If the board thinks cost should not be an issue in moving the election, they should have at least ensured that there would be no voting restrictions. That said, I hope everyone realizes that the school board election this Tuesday, April 19, is crucial to the future of our children.
*I am a longstanding member of the LWV-Plainfield, and I served as time-keeper, along with member Rupert Crawford. The forum was moderated by a member of the State LWV, as per the organization's rules.