Tonight marks the start of an opportunity, one that will require change, risk-taking, and an embrace of the unknown yet to come. It won’t be easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I would like to thank the other candidates who were on the ballot today. All of them -- Ziad, Alan, Alisa, and Ellen – are all staunch supporters of public education. With this slate, I knew that no matter the result, our kids and our community were in great hands. I look forward to working with Ziad, Alan, and Alisa, and the rest of the current sitting board as colleagues. I also know that Ellen will continue to use her voice to advocate for our kids within the schools and our community.
Throwing my hat in the ring for the first time would not have been possible without the help of so many of my friends and family. Wes, thanks for starting me on this path. Kevin and Mark, your guidance in navigating the waters of the election process was critical. Lee and Audrey, thank you for taking time out of your day to help at the polls. To my neighbors and supporters who volunteered to host my sign – your support was critical in showing that we are a community who support for our schools. To all my family, friends, and colleagues, both locally and from afar, your words of encouragement helped keep me going. And finally, to my parents, Don and Jeanne, my wife, Kristi, and my sons Brennan and Carter – without your blessing and support, today would never have been possible.
In humbly asking for your vote, I spoke of the values for which I stood – strong schools, a strong community, and strong families. Come December, I will proudly bring those values to the East Penn School Board. The job will not be easy and with it, much work yet to be done.
But as Edison once said,
“Most people miss opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”