I have been a member of the Westfield School Board for the last 6+ years. My second term is ending shortly and I am not running again. I have been asked who I might suggest (personally, not as a current board member and certainly not on behalf of the balance of the board) that people vote for. Obviously everyone makes their own decisions. I have reached out to each of the candidates and spoken to all but one about their vision for the district and why they want to be on the board. Based on those conversations, reading what they have written and hearing the candidates nights, I will be supporting Peggy Oster (incumbent), Kent Diamond and Simon Cirasa. I have worked with Peggy on the current board and she has demonstrated her leadership skills. Kent and Simon both have young children in our schools and their industry experiences in finance and marketing, respectively, will add two very crucial skill sets to the board.

I know that most of the focus has been on the mayoral election, but let's not forget how important our schools are and the fact that we need quality people on the board. Please come out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Good luck to the candidates.