This is my second candidacy for the position of school committee. A little over a year and a half ago, I set out to gain a seat on the school committee. While I didn’t win the election, I found a sense of pride in the fact that I ran as an independent and was able to pull in a number of folks with differing ideologies, different backgrounds, from opposite ends of the political spectrum even. It was important, to me, to focus on the ultimate goal of our school system; the students and families we seek to serve. As I have told my sons, I would rather have lost and maintained my integrity than to have sold out my core beliefs in order to win.
Thus, I have asked Amherst Forward to remove me from the slate of candidates this PAC has decided to endorse. If any individual or group should see fit to endorse me, I would hope it is because they believe in who I am and what I stand for. I am not now, nor have I ever been, beholden to any particular group or school of thought. I am an independent entity.
My actual position on solving our schools infrastructure issues can’t be distilled to a single line. I believe that we have to get it right this time and that we need to follow process to ensure that there is a greater consensus than last time around. I don’t believe that we have enough data to make a concrete decision as to what exactly the path forward is. We need to expand the conversations we have, not restrict them to one perspective. Like the superintendent said on March 11th, we still have to “make sure we are exploring multiple options.” Once that process has occurred, we can begin to form a clearer picture of what a new school project would look like.