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Citizens for Accountability in D15

Citizens for Accountability in D15

www.d15citizens.org

ENDORSEMENT FROM THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
March 31, 2011

We have a critically important election coming up on April 5th. This election will have a direct impact on our community. This election is our only chance as a community to actually change how our school district is run.

Citizens for Accountability in D15 sent out a questionnaire to all six candidates. Based upon candidate answers, first-hand experiences with each candidate, and data on the incumbents, Citizens for Accountability in D15 fully endorses the three highly qualified non-incumbents who are running for the board: Manjula Sriram, Scott Herr, and Gerard Iannuzzelli.

Though they are independent thinkers, they share a common platform: 1) eliminate deficit spending, 2) strengthen the curriculum, and 3) decide openly and transparently. We fully agree these are the three top issues in our district and strongly support their candidacy. They have demonstrated the intelligence, integrity, honesty, and critical thinking required to lead our school district in a new and much improved direction. They know restoring a balanced budget is needed and they are committed to living within our means. They know the trust of the community has been tested and will work hard to rebuild that trust by being open and honest with all stakeholders. We strongly encourage you to vote for them and to get involved during this final week of the campaign.

All three of them must be elected if change is to occur.

If one of them does not get elected, the current board majority will remain in power. The current majority (Chapman, Ekeberg, Babcock, and Bokor) members have gotten us into a dangerous and destructive deficit spending pattern. This financial mismanagement has put the education of the community’s children at risk. Then, they orchestrated the backdoor referendum that would have added millions of dollars of debt to our community without our consent and without presenting a plan for how the money would be used. Had it not been for the efforts of citizens to put the issue on the ballot, and voters rejecting it on a 2:1 ratio, their maneuver would have been successful. If the board majority stays in power, there is nothing to stop them from trying this again.

Change is desperately needed on our school board. Whether you have kids in the schools or not, this is an extremely important issue affecting all of us. The future of our community and our schools will be determined by this election.

Voter turnout is critical. Please spread the word. Visit www.Vote135.org for details on the candidates and for information on how to get involved.

Remember, vote 1-3-5 Sriram, Herr, and Iannuzzelli on April 5th for District 15.

Sincerely,
- Jane Van Wolvelear
- Jen Zold
- Joe Heater
- Lisa Neal
- Mary Vanek
- Vicki Wilson

 

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