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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Interesting Endorsements

Three of the four School Board candidates that did not make it through the primary have endorsed Di Zou and Allen Dyer for School Board. Here is the text of their statement that they sent me:

We are former Board of Education Candidates. Even though we did not make it through the primary, we are still interested and remain active in Educational issues and in particular this year's very important election for filling 5 of the 7 Board seats.

During the three month primary season, we spoke, discussed, and carefully listened with all the candidates’ positions on the issues at the several candidate forums. However, Allen Dyer and Di Zou stand out as candidates who have demonstrated they will bring to the board an independence that has been sorely missing from the previous school boards.

Allen has a long history of trying to create transparency at the school board meetings to allow maximum public exposure. He will bring accountability to the board. He will listen to the administrators, teachers, students and parents. Allen has stood for content over fluff during the primary forums. He took positions on school issues that had substance to the students and parents of our county.

Di Zou has stood up to the conventional wisdom that tells us youth does not have the experience. He certainly is capable to deal with school issues, and as a 2006 graduate, has the direct knowledge of these current issues. Di will bring to the board the ability to represent individuals who have little input regarding the policies that affect them.

Allen and Di will raise the critical questions, hold individuals accountable, and open up the decision making process. Allen and Di are interested in the Education process and not the political process. They have no plans for furthering their political careers as some current Board members have shown.

It is time for change and it is time for independent minded board members to be elected to the school board. We urge all citizens who voted for us in the primary to target vote Allen Dyer and Di Zou.

Paul Aliprando, Marcello Bedolla, & Peter Sola

The attendance at the candidates forums have not been great, but these three have had a chance to observe the other candidates up close in a way main voters have not and see how they worked through all of the questions put to them. I think they selected to endorse two candidates that would definitely add unique perspectives to the board and strengthen the results of School Board policy. (Di Zou by informing the discussion of policy with first hand knowledge of what actually goes on in the schools and how policies impact students. Allen Dyer by not accepting conventional wisdom and asking the probing questions that force other board members to think through their positions and make the most well thought out decisions.)

In other endorsement news check out this post by David Keelan. I may write more on this later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if Allen ever does get the urge to pursue higher county office, it would certainly be to Howard County's benefit. His pursuit of transparency and accountability would lend itself well to not just education.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Hear the BOE candidates tonight.

LWVHC Board of Education Candidate Forum Tonight

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will be holding a forum tonight for school board candidates, also co-sponsored by the Association of Community Services, Commission for Women, PTA Council, SECAC from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory (old Vo-Tech Building), 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

This is a live broadcast with rebroadcast dates and times on Cable
Channel 72:

Oct. 25 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. LIVE
Oct. 28 (Saturday) at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Oct. 29 (Sunday) at 3 p.m.
Nov. 1 (Wednesday) at 10 a.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Nov 4 (Saturday) at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Nov. 5 (Sunday) at 3 p.m.
Nov. 6 (Monday) 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Don said...

I was also asked to endorse Allen & Di, but I thought that might be a little awkward since I launched the write-in campaign. I will say that I appreciate Allen's commitment to open communication on all matters and Di for bringing issues students are concerned about to the table. The Board of Education needs to represent the diversity of Howard County.

I was invited by the LWVHC and hopefully can get back from PA in time to attend the forum tonight

Don Marston Jr.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of endorsements, did you see Merdon got the endorsements of the Sun, Post and Times/Flier?

Stick a fork in Ulman - he is done!

10:35 PM  

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