Sparta’s two elected bodies, Town Council and Board of Education, are intentionally non-partisan.  As residents and voters, we get a reprieve from the noise of politics when choosing fellow Spartans to guide our most important local institutions:  our schools, police, public works, parks and recreations, and other essential services.  We must be doing something right, because we live in one of the best towns in our state.


Serving on the Board of Education is a way to serve the community, help our kids, and provide governance for the biggest chunk of our property taxes and the largest employer in town.  It’s a big responsibility that comes with no pay, regular public scrutiny, and long hours.  At the same time, the feeling of giving back to Sparta is greatly satisfying. Knowing you’re doing the right things and trying to make things better is totally worth what many see as “nonsense.”


I believe that every one of the six people running for a seat on the board this year is running with good intentions, but I want to be very clear that I am very proud to be running with Drs. Zywicki, Snellings and Serrano.  These are fine people who have our kids’ best interests at the forefront.  If you’ve noticed our signs around town, they’re red and blue for a reason - politics has no place on our ticket.  I frankly have no idea what my running mates’ political views are because it just does not matter to me.

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I also want to be clear that I strongly believe that a person can be for something without being against something else.  This isn’t physics.  I will not disparage the others on the ballot, but on November 3rd I ask for you to support our team that stands for Integrity, Transparency, and Innovation:


#2 Mike McGovern

#3 Robert Zywicki

#4 Richard Snellings

1 Yr Vanessa Serrano


Thank you,


Mike McGovern