Citizens for Accountability in D15
Important Election Information
"Producing high-performing, financially-sound,
taxpayer-friendly schools starts with better
local leadership at the school board level. Not
glamorous work but all-important...school board
leadership is mission-critical."
Dan Proft 3/14/13
Dear Fellow Citizens,
Citizens for Accountability in D15 believes in
having independent and honest representation on
our Board of Education. This is an unpaid
volunteer position and sometimes people with
ulterior motives are drawn to run for these
positions. We need community members with the
right motivation and community service track
For the April 9th election, there are 9
candidates for 4 open seats. Since the 2011
election, the current Board majority (Millar,
Herr, Iannuzzelli, Sriram) has been working hard
to chart a new path and this must continue. Tim
Millar is not running for re-election. So, if
the three current incumbents and the former
Board member are all elected, all of the work
toward deficit reduction and transparency over
the past 2 years will be undone.
Citizens for Accountability endorses the Vote
Matthew Lyons, Jennifer Zold, Donna Johnson
They are ballot positions 1, 2, 3.
They have demonstrated the ability, commitment,
and integrity to serve our community as true
Jen Zold has
been heavily involved in D15 since 2005. She has
worked tirelessly over the years, especially
during our historic 2010 petition drive, in
order to give the community a voice and a vote.
Jen's leadership has helped the community
tremendously over the years. Matt Lyons
has been focused on D15 issues for several years
and also gathered signatures in 2010. He has
dedicated much time over the years to dig deep
into the details and contribute to D15,
including the Navigate 15 process. Donna
Johnson is a lifelong fiscal conservative
and has the skills and prior Board experience to
do the job.
Jen and Matt are parents and Donna is an aunt to
D15 students. You can learn more about them on
their web site:
We've interviewed the other 2 non-incumbents,
Ramnath Cidambi and Abdul Javid. We were
especially impressed with Ramnath's new ideas
regarding improving education. We also
appreciate Abdul's desire to run for the Board.
However, at this time, we are only endorsing 3
candidates who have the proven track record,
right motivation, and experience. We encourage
Ramnath and Abdul to stay involved and we look
forward to seeing them at future District 15
As for the incumbents, it is clear why we cannot
endorse them as their questionable motives, poor
judgement and financial mismanagement caused the
creation of our group:
- In 2009, Babcock, Bokor and Ekeberg voted for
a questionable labor contract they were told the
community could not afford but voted for anyway.
This put us on a destructive path of millions of
dollars of deficit spending per year. Why would
they do this? These 2 links may provide the
2007 Union Campaign
Contributions / Board
Candidates & Union Money
- To cover up their actions, they attempted to
borrow $27 million for a working cash bond
without the voters' approval in 2010. They are
now saying this was only for capital
improvements. However, when Sue Quinn made a
motion to restrict borrowing to the amount
needed for the improvements, they voted NO and
proceeded to vote YES to borrow the full $27
million for working cash.
- Though Seiffert was not on the Board in 2010
as he was appointed later, said recently at a
candidate forum hosted by TOPPER he also
supported the borrowing plan.
If the previous Board majority is re-elected, we
have every reason to believe this type of
mismanagement will return to our BOE.
Spending precious dollars on needless interest
payments does not help the education of our
community's children. We need BOE members who
are public servants and who will do the job as
it was originally intended.
We need your help
in spreading awareness during these final weeks
of the campaign. As we learned in 2010, many
hands are needed. Whether you have kids in the
schools or not, this affects all of us. We need
all of our BOE members to be independent
thinkers, honest, and trustworthy to make sure
the money is used wisely for the education of
Election Day is April 9. Early voting is March
25 - April 6.
Voter turnout is especially critical in local
elections. Please forward this email.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any
questions, to volunteer, or to make a
much-appreciated donation to Vote 1-2-3.
Citizens for Accountability in D15 Leadership