Although I don’t have endorsements to make in all the upcoming races, I want to give my highest recommendation to three school board candidates – Robert Mayersohn, Robin Bartleman, and Franklin Sands.
Robert Mayersohn for School Board District 4
First, I want to recommend my friend Robert Mayersohn for School Board District 4. District 4 covers Coral Springs, where I live, as well as Parkland and Tamarac. There are several other high energy candidates in this very competitive race, but I believe Robert is the one with the most relevant experience and the best temperament to make a difference on the school board. Having raised a son who was born with cerebral palsy and guided him through the services available through the Broward County Schools, Robert is probably best known as an advocate for the disabled. One of the main things he learned from his personal experience was how to make needed changes in the school system – not by yelling and screaming, but by working the issues methodically and with determination.
I know Robert doesn’t want to be pigeonholed as a one-issue candidate, however. As a parent activist, he has served many volunteer advisory positions with the schools, taking on the broad issues of budgeting and governing education in this county. He has gone to Tallahassee to fight the good fight. After many years as an activist and volunteer, he wants a seat at the table – an opportunity not to just advocate for education, but to have a vote and make the choices that make a difference.
Robert knows how the system works (and how it doesn’t), and he is the candidate best equipped to go to work immediately as an effective school board member.
If you live in the district, please vote for Robert. If you know people who live in the district, please encourage them to vote for Robert and help his campaign. Because I’m working with him on some online stuff, I should also put in a plug for http://www.mayersohn4kids.com and https://www.facebook.com/mayersohn4kids
Robin Bartleman for School Board Seat 9, At Large
Robin Bartleman is an incredibly dedicated school board member, who has held one of the at-large seats on the board since 2004. A former teacher and assistant principal, she has a legendary record for service to schools throughout the county and for constituent service. In a few important situations where we had trouble with the school system that we couldn’t resolve any other way, we asked Robin for help, and she made a big difference. My wife and I think the world of Robin, and we would walk across hot coals if that was what it took to get her reelected.
Robin is such a hard worker that it’s hard for me to imagine her not being reelected, but she does face a serious challenge this year. I encourage you to give her your support any way you can.
Franklin Sands for School Board Seat 8, At Large
Franklin Sands, a former Democratic Leader in the Florida House, is running to win the other at-large, county-wide school board post away from Donna Korn, who was Gov. Rick Scott’s appointee to the board following a resignation. Need I say more?
Bumping a Scott appointee out of office is probably reason enough to vote for Sands, but he also makes a good argument that his legislative experience will allow him to be more effective dealing with those issues that require negotiating with or wrangling with Tallahassee.
The primary election and the other August votes for school board, judge races, and county constitutional officers is coming up on Aug. 14. Early voting started Aug 4 and continues through Aug. 11 (see details).
Any BlueBroward.org member is welcome to post to this community blog with endorsements or recommendations. Although I don’t like to play the censor, I’d encourage you to offer your opinions in a spirit of healthy debate, emphasizing the positives of the people you recommend rather than trashing their opponents.