Choice is not a gift, it's your right

The opposition slate seems to have finally realized that their slash-and-burn style of campaigning was not resonating with voters, so in their last couple of emails they’ve switched to a much more measured, focused approach.

It’s a pity they didn’t do that from the start. We could have had a civil, respectful campaign that discussed meaningful metrics and explored differences in perspectives and priorities.

But now it’s too little, too late. Voters can’t forget that these are the same people who’ve been lobbing firebombs at us for months.

The “Final Four” candidates now say they’re offering you the gift of “choice.” Choice is not a gift, it’s your right. And you’ve always had it.

  • Every registered voter gets to help choose who runs. In Lake Forest, they do so by electing their representatives on the Caucus, who then act as their surrogates during the nominating process. In Lake Bluff/Knollwood, anyone can simply attend and vote in a nominating meeting.
  • Any citizen can present themselves to the Caucuses for nomination. This is a democratic process.
  • Any citizen can run independently. This has always been true and it still is. After all, Ted Moorman ran independently for D115 four years ago – and won. This time he had the options of running independently again, joining the slate that became the Final Four, or seeking Caucus endorsement. He chose the Caucus.

This final point is of critical importance. The Caucuses don’t replace choice, they facilitate it. Until fairly recently, it was hard to find candidates for school board positions. There’s no remuneration, no power, no glory attached to it. It’s a hard and often thankless job. The caucus system has been essential to recruiting enough suitable candidates to fill open seats.

In these times, when our country is far more politically divided and heated rhetoric has become the norm, more people seem to be interested in running, but not always for the reasons you might hope. Nonetheless, they have that right, and as long as our nation is a democracy, they always will.

Keep in mind, this election is not a referendum on the caucus system. You have before you eight candidates – it’s irrelevant how they got on the ballot. It’s up to you to select the four you can trust to be true to their word, to have no hidden agenda, to be even-handed and thoughtful in their decision making, to be respectful of their fellow board members and always work toward consensus.

It’s abundantly clear that these are the FIRST FOUR on the ballot – not because the Caucuses nominated them, but because they’re doing this for the right reasons and bring qualities to the board that will continue moving our high school in the right direction. It’s that simple.

Every vote counts