I am Cathy Sheridan, and I am running for a seat on the Cranford Board of Education because providing our children with an outstanding education is essential.

My own children have received excellent education in Cranford thus far—my son is a CHS graduate of '08 and is now a successful Contract Negotiator for a media company, and my daughter is a junior at CHS. I'm grateful for the caliber of education that Cranford Schools has provided them. Now it's my turn to give back to the school system to make sure this quality of education is maintained.

In my history of serving our community, I've had the pleasure of working on the Cranford Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, the Teen Advisory Board, the PTA's of Orange Avenue, Bloomingdale Avenue, and Cranford High; as well as being involved in the Cranford Junior Women's Club, Girl Scout Troop 40665, Boy Scout Troop 75, and teaching as a Religious Education Catechist at St. Michael's.

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I helped to secure grants from Union County Kid’s Recreation Trust and Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation to improve our parks and Community Center.

I am currently employed as a Tax Advisor and an Instructor of Tax Law, Tax Theory, and Ethics courses. As a person who deals with Federal, State, and Local taxes on a daily basis, I am fully aware that School funding is the lion's share of our property tax bill. My prior work was in Non-Profit Agency Management, where I organized volunteers, directed education programs, and wrote grant proposals.

I will work to see Cranford continue to move forward on all levels of education for all children, making sure it is done in a fiscally responsible way.