I have always appreciated Lake Bluff’s public Town Meetings. Hopeful candidates appeared there three months ago, before the mandatory filing period ended, and this gives us good choices on election day. So who are the LFHS board candidates? This week – Finally! About time! – several of the reclusive final four responded to a weeks-old invitation to appear at Sunday’s well-publicized forum at the high school at 1:30pm. I’m voting for the FIRST FOUR on my LFHS ballot. Please consider:
1) There will always be challengers to our local caucus systems. And that’s a good thing because it’s grassroots democracy. But you still need to decide on the merits of each candidate.
2) Our local caucus systems in NE Illinois may not be what you assume. In LF/LB the caucus candidates are not asked to follow a prescribed party line. They are not processed through a beliefs program. They are individually nominated and considered.
3) Our local caucuses seek qualified individuals. Board members can disagree, and this is not wrong. I have served on many boards, and my personal quirks are tempered by my fellow board members. Elected boards must tap multiple areas of expertise and creativity to be nimble.
4) The FIRST FOUR candidates on your LFHS ballot are not a “we can control the board” voting block. Instead, they are uniquely able to be more responsive to you than a no-dissent slate can allow.
6) Lake Bluff’s Town Meetings have always been open to all voters. The opposition candidates are self-selecting, but VoteLB candidates are chosen by voters: This year 281 voters took ballots at LB’s public Town Meetings.
7) All of Lake Forest High School’s students come from just two elementary districts, but no-one on the challenger’s slate is from our Lake Bluff Elementary district.
We all must vote our conscience, but I would like to call on Lake Bluff voters to step up and vote for the FIRST FOUR on your LFHS ballot. Please view the RightTrackLFHS.org fact-checker for well-considered information, also VoteLakeBluff.org and LakeForestCaucus.com
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