At a recent school board candidate forum, I expected to hear candidates share why they believe they are the best candidate and how they would bring positive mindsets to benefit students of the Peninsula School District. Instead, I left questioning the true intentions of some candidates and feeling even more confident in my choice of Leslie Harbaugh for school board.
I am impressed with Harbaugh’s depth of knowledge regarding PSD. School board members should have experience volunteering in the schools in which they serve. Harbaugh has years of experience volunteering in this manner and has developed critical relationships throughout the community. Although admirable, the opponents’ external volunteer experience leaves me unsure how these attributes qualify one for an elected school position.
I was also surprised that one candidate’s closing statement focused on his opinion that Harbaugh is a “cheerleader” and not right for the job. He requested the attention of the “Harbaugh supporters” while proceeding to make irrelevant comments about Harbaugh’s character and associations.
Why would a candidate take their precious closing statement time to slam another candidate? Rather, I wish the opponent shared why his qualifications make him a better choice. An opportunity lost.