There are two more candidate forums before the September 13, 2011 Democratic Primary election. The first, September 7, 2011, 7:00PM at School Without Walls, 480 Broadway St., diagonally across from Monroe High School and the next, September 8, 2011, 7:00PM at James P B Duffy School #12, 999 South Ave. across from Highland Hospital. Both forums will be posted in entirety before the primary.
Also, one-on-one candidate interviews can be heard on-line compliments of WXXI-AM, Voice of the Voter.
It is imperative that all concerned citizens listen to and understand all candidate positions in order to hold them accountable. It is also important to know and understand the decision making history of the incumbents.
The various campaigns of those running for re-election concentrate on the positive aspects of their administration. However, when considering the efficacy of any incumbent it is vital to have a complete picture of their leadership.
Malik Evans and Willa Powell are the longest running candidates on the Board. Neither has a history of rejecting superintendent plans or budgets in their twelve years as School Board members. Within those years, the school district has incurred a $70 million dollar budget deficit while maintaining its status as a Title I (failing) district. As well, under their administration, the district has closed schools, reconfigured grade levels, increased class sizes, disassembled the neighborhood school concept, and created policy that has virtually shut out the public voice from decision making.
Melisza Campos and Allen Williams are the youngest members of the Board serving one term. Campos and Williams have taken very different approaches to their administration. Commissioner Campos has voted “yes” to the majority of resolutions and all of the budgets put before the Board while Commissioner Allen has frequently voted “no”. However, both Commissioners Campos and Allen are repeatedly absent from committee and/or Board business meetings.
Knowing for whom to vote means knowing how they have voted during their term in office. Committee meeting minutes and Board Resolutions are on-line. Transcripts of meetings can also be requested.
A party primary should not decide the vote, knowledge of the candidate should drive that decision.
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