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Why I’m Running for SD 227

Why me? Why now? When I announced my decision to run for the school board, many of those close to me asked, “Why run now when your children are about to graduate?” My response was simple.

“I’m running now, because it’s not just about my children. It’s about all our children!”

I am the mother of five, including a set of twins. All but one attended Rich Central High School. My oldest graduated in 2014, my second oldest graduated in 2017, and “the twins” will graduate in May.

I am also a criminal defense attorney. I advocate in the courts daily on behalf of children and adults to protect their rights in our judicial system. I am passionate, relentless, and effective.

I am also a criminal defense attorney. I advocate in the courts daily on behalf of children and adults to protect their rights in our judicial system. I am passionate, relentless, and effective.

I have had a front-row seat to all that Rich Township School District 227 has to offer. As a parent committed to the absolute best results for my children, I know firsthand the rollercoaster of emotions that you experience as you attempt to educate your children in this District. I am you. After one-too-many disappointments and one-too-many episodes of angrily gritting my teeth, I had to make a choice. Stay in the stands, or get in the game. I chose the game.

While preparing to run, I spoke to parents in the District, and learned that there is an overwhelming sentiment that District 227 schools are not good enough— that they are not safe. Parents do not want their children attending District 227 schools, therefore, enrollment declines. This is disappointing and unacceptable!

I also spoke to homeowners in the District and learned that they are angry, because so much of their property taxes are poured into what they perceive as underperforming schools. Consequently, many families are seeking to move out of the District, and countless prospective families are discouraged about moving into the District. This is real, and it is worsening.

I also spoke to students currently in the District, and learned that they often feel marginalized, unsafe, and disregarded in the schools. This is unacceptable!

I’m running because the current state of affairs in District 227 is not worthy of serving our children and our community. I am committed to impacting how this District operates, by empowering the community to get involved with the schools so that this school district accurately reflects our community and our desires. I am running to create a vision for District 227. When I am elected, I will bring committed and effective leadership to the board of education. I will be the catalyst for authentic and effective collaboration between the board and the community. I will also work with the board and the superintendent to create and develop revolutionary innovation in education and operational functions in the District.

Growing up, my father instilled into my two brothers and me that “to whom much is given, much is required.” When faced with a daunting task, I reflect on those words . . . and soldier on. The task of transforming the culture and stigma attached to District 227 is quite overwhelming. However, I am prepared for the task. I will advocate for the children and families of District 227 with the same passion, dedication, and effectiveness as I do in my law practice. I’m running for Our Children . . . Our Community . . . Our Future.

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