To the Editor:
The Board of Education election is Nov. 4, only a few days away. There are two seats open in Bridgewater. I am seeking reelection and there are four other candidates in the contest.
It has been an honor to represent the residents of Bridgewater since I was first elected in 2005. The district has accomplished a great deal during my tenure and I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve.
Bridgewater-Raritan is an exceptional school district: Newsweek Magazine ranks BRHS #23 in the state and #258 in the country! Our children receive a great education. Achievement scores are strong and getting stronger. Students at every age and level are afforded an opportunity to reach their potential. And we succeed in maintaining programs and providing services with a close eye on expenses. We have reduced our tax levy increase by over 75 percent since I joined the board. I am extremely proud to have been a part of these successes.
Evan Lerner (Candidate #2 on the ballot) is the only candidate with a track record of success in bettering our schools, saving taxpayer money, dramatically improving communications with stakeholders, and supporting our teachers, administrators and other staff. Although I believe without reservation that I am the best option on the ballot for all voters, it is more important what voters believe.
There is a lot of information available to voters. Before arriving at the polling station on Nov. 4 voters should review available information to be in a position to make an informed decision based on relevant facts. To help you get there, I urge you to take advantage of the following resources.
1. Read all candidates’ websites. This is the information that we have decided is relevant to you in helping you make a decision. Here are the URLs:
2. Watch Candidates’ Night on television. During the program each of the candidates answers questions and discusses their qualifications. You can see it on Verizon Fios (channel 28) and Cablevision (channel 15) every day at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., up until Election Day.
3. This newspaper met with each candidate and asked them five specific questions. The interviews were taped and all videos can be seen at www.thebreezenj.com.
4. The Bridgewater Raritan Education Association, which represents teachers and others in the district, also asked the candidates for a statement. The statements can be seen here: http://b-rea.org/news/boe-candidates.
5. Last but not least, the Bridgewater-Raritan Parents for Full-Day Kindergarten has a page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/FullDayK4Bridgewater/). On it you will be able to access each candidate’s “position paper” on this important issue as well as read answers and commentary on other related topics. Note you may have to join the group to see the posts.
An informed voter is the best voter. Thank you for your consideration.
Candidate, Board of Education