Candidate Statements

November 2, 2018

Experience matters. No training in the world can prepare you to serve as a school board member. I should know because I thought that my 20 years experience in public administration, public finance and working with school districts would allow me to walk in knowing everything. I admit that I was ...

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Over the past couple of weeks, many people have asked me why I want to serve for three more years on Westfield’s Board of Education. My answer is simple. I enjoy it and want to continue to serve our community in this important capacity. Let me count the ways: I love Tuesday evening board ...

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My name is Simon Cirasa, and I am running for the Westfield Board of Education. I offer a unique perspective and some useful talents that are now lacking on the board. I have grown up in Westfield, attended its schools (graduating from WHS in 2000), and recently returned with my wife to our ...

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Whether it be fighting for job creation or helping to advance policies that incentivize economic development, supporting efforts to improve education at all levels or aiding in the expansion of healthcare delivery, I have spent my entire adult life working in and around government at every ...

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My name is Gretchan R. Ohlig and I am running for re-election to the Westfield Board of Education. It has been my privilege and honor to be a member of our town’s board of education for the past seven years and I ask for your vote on Nov. 6 to serve another term. My family and I have lived in ...

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My name is Charles Ostroff and I have been a  proud resident of Westfield for 16 years. I reside with my wife Lisa and my children Ava and Harrison as well as our rescue dog Oliver. I have a B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore. I am a Chief ...

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I was proud to participate in the candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Westfield PTC on Wednesday night.  Your questions about our schools were far-ranging and illustrated the multitude of legitimate concerns the parents of our town have.  I glad I was able to present my ...

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My name is Dennis Cariello and I am running for a seat on the Board of Education.  I ask that you please vote for me on Nov. 6. I moved to Westfield in 2014 from Queens, NY and live in here with my wife and three daughters. We love living in Westfield and are thrilled to be a part of this ...

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