Richard Lear of Madison Avenue
Anabella Melgar of Parkside Road
Wilma G. Campbell of Highland Avenue (I)
David M. Rutherford of Pemberton Avenue
Frederick D. Moore, Sr. of Lakeview Terrace (I)
Note: The order above does not represent this blogger's preference, the order above is the same as adopted by the county clerk HERE.
What stops Plainfield from becoming a successful, invested, community? Many will blame politics --I can testify that one can happily live in Plainfield by ignoring politics, so, so much for this reason-.
The school district is the very first reason why many families refuse to look into Plainfield's real estate. The school district is also the reason why many invested families leave Plainfield as access to a good quality educational experience seems to be random rather than the norm and the older the kids get the more invested families expect from the school district, thus why many just move at the end of elementary school.
I am not sure when the school district in Plainfield became the ignored entity that is has been for so many years. I spent a good number of years devoting many hours trying to bring in transparency and awareness on school district matters. All these to no avail since the community seems to be deaf and blind when it comes to the school district; today the district continues to function as if it was a separate entity from the community. Is the district better today than it was 3-5-10 years ago? Not what some of the state reports say. But there is always the hope that a good Board of Education will solve the problems that for decades the school district has faced year in, year out. And this is what the 6 names above will try to tell you. That they are the "hope" you have been waiting for.
2 out of the 6 candidates are incumbents, Mrs. Campbell and Mr. Moore. The other 4 candidates are new names added to the long list of those who are hopeful for a seat at the Board of Education. It will be interesting to learn what brings them to want to join one of the least appreciated volunteer positions that a city offers, the Board of Education. It will be interesting to learn what they have to offer. It will also be pretty interesting to learn how much knowledge they have of the current conditions of the school district and its many different needs.
And will anyone but their followers pay any attention to their race? Where are the parents on all of this?
The above are questions that I will try to get answers to in the coming months.