We are writing in support of Mark Friedman's re-election to the Westfield BOE, and ask all of you to support him on November 4th.  
Together with our two daughters, we have lived in Westfield for five years. We chose Westfield for many of its great qualities, but primarily because of the school system. The reputation of our public schools is what attracts many young families…and it is because of dedicated people like Mark Friedman that our schools remain among the best in the country.
We have known Mark since moving to Westfield, and during that time, have watched him spend countless hours on the BOE, a volunteer position. His children have long since graduated from Westfield High School, and yet he continues to devote his time on behalf of the 6,000 students in our district. As Chairman of the Finance Committee, Mark has been relentless in looking for ways to drive down costs and reinvest savings. As a member of the Technology and Facilities committees, his experience as an ecommerce professional is invaluable as we look for ways to improve the use of technology in our schools.
Both of our children are early in their school careers. We know that Mark wants our kids to have an even better experience than his children had in our schools. It would be easy for him to step back and let someone else do this job, but he is committed to supporting all of the residents of our town. Mark is not afraid to make the tough decisions that need to be made. He is constantly challenging the status quo and driving the BOE to consider new ways to conduct the business of our schools.

When we vote on November 4th, we'll be voting for Mark Friedman. We hope you will do the same.
Allison & Andrew Altersohn