This letter originally appeared in the Statesman Journal.
Volunteerism is a time-honored tradition, and every member of the Salem-Keizer School Board gives fully of their time and resources serving their community without compensation.
There comes a time, however, when even well-intentioned volunteers must realize they are not accomplishing anything. Such is the case with the current union-endorsed majority on the board. Marty Heyen is the exception.
The voters now have a choice between continuing the current feckless inertia or voting for three candidates who will bring new perspectives to the board. None of them is heavily endorsed financially by the usual suspects (i.e., unions).
Kathy Goss is more than qualified. Her entire professional life has been spent in all aspects of childhood education. Jonathan Baker will focus on more parental control and improving our currently miserable school graduation rate. Jesse Lippold, with his youthful enthusiasm and accomplishments despite adversity, is the type of addition the board needs.
Please join me in electing Kathy Goss, Jonathan Baker and Jesse Lippold to the Salem-Keizer School Board.