Letters to the Editor

Monday's PTO Conference Candidate Debate Forum


On behalf of the PTO Conference Executive Board, we would like to thank the community for participating in Monday's PTO Conference Candidate Debate Forum.

There are many, many thanks to spread around...

First of all, a big thank you to the public for taking the time to provide us with so many thoughtful inquiries for our candidates.   Your input ensured that the conversation with the candidates was substantive and addressed the issues that are most relevant to our constituents.

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Thank you as well to Dan Baer for volunteering his time to moderate the debate.  He is a master at keeping the candidates and the public both entertained and on task. Neither is an easy feat!

We are very appreciative of the Millburn Public Library and Hometown TV for lending us their space and services for free. We are indeed a fortunate district when we can gather freely to discuss and debate issues that impact our entire community.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the seven PTOs and their executive boards for spreading the word about all of the candidate forums. Over 200 people attended our event, with standing room only.  We don't doubt this was in large part to the PTO's  enthusiastic support of the democratic process and encouragement of all citizens to get informed.

Finally, a big thanks to the stars of the day: The seven candidates running for office and the six who were able to make it.

It is never easy to stand up in front of your fellow neighbors and express political viewpoints. We appreciate the time they each took to provide thoughtful and well researched answers and incredibly respectful rebuttals.  We all realize that, like the the many PTO volunteers who spend tireless hours serving our school community, they couldn't do it without the support of their families, who have generously shared these talented candidates with the community.

We are indeed a "rich" community with talent, civic mindedness and people willing to volunteer their time.

With appreciation,

Caroline Updyke and Karen Byington
Co-Presidents, PTO Conference

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