All Politics is Local V3 Author: TriSecDate:05/23/2015 11:42:25
'Tis a fine morning for politicking, and around 9am this morning I'll be standing out near our local supermarket collecting signatures for a candidate. He's run before, without success, so fortunately still has that "Outsider" label.
Three longtime members of the School Committee are up for re-election in Waltham this year, and until I pulled papers, they were all unopposed. I find that remarkable, given the current state of affairs within the Waltham school department.
I won't bore you with the details, but we're on our 6th Superintendent in 10 years, a beloved principal (that turned a school around) was inexplicably fired, and the big campaign issue this time around is school redistricting. Waltham has 6 all-new elementary schools, but that total is down from 9...and some of those new schools can't take the strain.
The Mayor has called redistricting "Political Suicide"....so that's my primary platform plank. "If you're afraid to redistrict the schools because it might affect your political career...then you're on the board for the wrong reasons."
I said it in my first campaign...only the hardest of the hardcore truly pay attention to a School Committee race. But that's also my base - I have met hundreds of families, and influenced hundreds of children for good through my work with a youth group in this city...maybe this time is the one.