I am disappointed to hear that other campaigns are criticizing and shaming parents and residents for submitting OPRA requests to Board of Ed.

That instead of engaging in discussions on policy positions they are engaging in soft suppression.

This is not how good government works. OPRA requests are a VITAL mechanism residents have to hold their governments accountable.

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I will not shame you for submitting an OPRA request on any policy position I have had in the past or proposed to the board.

I will SUPPORT your right to submit OPRA requests for information from the BoE. I will ENCOURAGE parents to attend BoE meetings, ask questions about policy and also provide their valuable input.

Shaming residents for exercising their rights in understanding the positions of candidates and government officials is out of bounds.

My name is Sai Bhargavi Akiri and I am running for the children and families of Berkeley Heights