It’s called a democracy – a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a nation, state or local community. Choice, the right to vote, the right to know, Democracy.
School Board elections are two weeks away. Will you vote? Good citizens exercise their right to choose and to vote. In the past, there has been no choice. There has only been one name on the ballot for any municipal office and no community involvement or communication surrounding these elections….unless you were one of the elite, select people involved with the Caucus. That is how the caucus form of government in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff works. This has been their standard operating procedure for years. A form of local government shrouded in secrecy, exclusivity, with zero accountability to the citizens of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff or Knollwood.
But this isn’t voting. The definition of voting is the right to indicate a choice in an election. The operative word here is choice. What you do in the case of School District 115 is check a box beside a name, and if only 5 or 12 or even just 1 “vote” is cast for that individual, they are “elected.” Did you know that?
This isn’t an election by any definition. It is a travesty. It is a total perversion of the democratic process. Yet the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Caucuses would have you believe that they are transparent- for the people and by the people. They are not. In the past if you voted, you participated in the election process by “voting” for someone they have already anointed. This is their form of ‘vetting’ candidates. Transparent, collaborative, honest, democratic, right?
Whether it is a school board or the city council- trust us, they say. But, the reality is-dissenting opinions, opposing opinions need not apply. If they do, be prepared to be vilified and attacked. They have operated in a lovely, soft bubble of veiled secrecy and total control with no citizen involvement or input.
If elections are not contested; if other points of view are not brought to the attention of the voters; if light is not shone in dark corners, how can voters make an informed choice? There’s that word choice again. When you have choice as a voter, you have been empowered. That is the last thing the Caucus wants you to do because it shifts the balance of power from them to you and me, the citizenry. And power is never willingly shared; it is only taken.
Good government starts at the local level and I, for one, want to thank the Final 4 for giving me a choice in the upcoming District 115 School Board election.
Thank you for fighting for what you believe in.
Thank you for not accepting the status quo where talking heads smile and nod in unison.
Thank you for having the courage to expose academic and fiscal matters that are worthy of my attention.
Thank you for telling the truth and not stooping to a baseless, groundless level of attack
Thank you for promising to be open, honest, accountable, a good steward of my tax dollars, and most important of all, committed to helping our high school students be the best that they can be. They are the future and deserve candidates who reflect the core values of our community: civility, honesty, inclusivity, accountability and service.
Truth, honesty, civility, accountability and global participatory discourse is what I want for this community; and, most importantly for my children. My voice, my choice and these standards were not even considered. So now I have a reason to get up, get out, and vote in a municipal election. And so do you.
Please support the Final 4 (Neubauer, Marshall, Mienville and Good).
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