Re: "Candidate forum proved to be revealing" (letter, 6-25).
I also attended the candidate forum on June 18 and saw a completely different picture than the letter writer. In two Peninsula School Board candidates, I saw years of experience - both inside and outside the school district - in volunteer service and business leadership positions. Leslie Harbaugh’s volunteer experience, while commendable, is narrow and includes leading several failed levy campaigns.
I especially noticed how disrespectful Harbaugh’s supporters were to the other candidates. Harlan Gallinger, who recently vacated his school board position under questionable circumstances and who handpicked Harbaugh to be his successor, sat in the front of the room with a table of Harbaugh supporters. While the other candidates responded, he repeatedly snickered and made disrespectful gestures toward their responses.
Another of Harbaugh’s supporters had the nerve to ask the candidates’ about their personal voting records, violating the constitutionally protected privacy of the voting booth.
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To their credit, neither candidate took offense, though one did have the courage to call Gallinger out for being impolite. This fearlessness in the face of ridicule is what we need from a leader facing difficult challenges.