Hello Westfield friends, neighbors and residents,
My name is Kent Diamond and I am running for the Westfield Board of Education.
My wife, Carolyn, and I have two small children. Natalie is in the second grade at Tamaques school while James is in kindergarten at St Paul’s Day School. We’ve settled in Westfield years ago as we enjoy the community with its vibrant downtown. And we wanted to raise our children here so they can attend Westfield’s strong school system.
The reason I am running for the board of education is to help maintain this excellent school system of ours and improve it where needed, not only for my children, but for all children in our wonderful town.
My education and work experience provides me with the skills necessary to be a productive team member on the board of education. I graduated from Rutgers with a BA in Economics and then graduated from Seton Hall with an MBA in Finance. I have worked at Dow Jones for the past 20 years in a variety of finance-related roles. I have developed budgets and forecasts that have come in under budget and have created detailed labor models that were used in various union negotiations.
I’ve earned my green belt in Six Sigma, where I have used that knowledge to analyze processes and correct inefficiencies, saving my company time, money or both.
One of the keys to success in my career is the ability to create meaningful and positive working relationships with a wide variety of people.
It is these skills which I can bring to the Westfield Board of Education. I believe an effective board member has the ability to work well within the board to achieve the district’s goal of ”educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Further, I believe in listening to all sides of an issue as I attempt to gain insight and see the perspective of both sides. I am a supporter of big data and using it to analyze an issue in order to drive an appropriate decision. .
My wife is a middle school math teacher in another district so I can bring that perspective to the board. I can see, through my wife’s daily efforts, what it takes to be an effective and strong teacher. I understand how important it is to support the teachers as they teach our children and prepare them for college and beyond.
I am a proponent of giving back to the community, which is another reason I am interested in the board of education. I am part of the founding committee that recently held our fifth annual 5K Miracles for Myeloma walk/race in Clark, NJ. In our five years, we’ve raised over $425,000 that has been given directly to doctors to fund their cancer research. This greatly exceeded our fundraising expectations when we started this race five years ago. It highlights what a small team can accomplish when they come together and work for an excellent cause. For this race, it’s funding doctors’ cancer research. For the Board of Education, it providing the best resources and opportunities for our children to succeed in their studies now and to teach them the skills needed for success later in life.
I humbly ask for your support this Election Day (Nov. 7) as I seek to bring my skills in financial analysis, financial discipline, team building, and listening to others to the board of education.
Kent Diamond, Candidate for Westfield Board of Education