In the order of priority, I am:
A person of faith, which means I willingly hold myself accountable to a higher ethical standard than that required by the School Ethics Act or school board policy;
A mother of three sons, the oldest of whom attends the Freehold Regional High School District;
A person committed to serving my community, whether elected, appointed, or volunteer; and
Here is what I am not.
I am not an active member of any political committee, group, or party, except that I am a Democrat. I will always vote my conscience, and not necessarily my "party line."
I am not a politician, nor do I have any designs on "higher office." I do consider myself an activist -- someone who informs herself about world and local issues, forms her own opinions about needed change, and works to make change where possible.
I am not, nor is any member of my family, a public employee or member of any union. Therefore, I have no conflicts of interest, and I can vote on any issue before the school board.
I am not someone who engages in "knee-jerk" reactions. Rather, I prefer to do my own detailed research to verify information I am given before I act. I take my vote very seriously.
What sets candidates apart are their respective skill sets that they believe will benefit the community they seek to serve. Here is what I consider my particular skill set to be.
I am an attorney, who graduated in the top 11% of my class at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark. What does that say about me? I can take on a challenge and stick with it over the long run. I am a hard worker, I am well-educated, and I value education.
I am a former school board attorney, which means I know the school laws and regulations as well as school governance, and that I will have little to no learning curve if elected. Instead, I will be able to "hit the ground running."
I am a former attorney for the Office of Legislative Services in Trenton. This means that I know how to read and interpret pending and enacted legislation, and assess its impact on the school district and community.
I have participated in the Howell School Board of Education as a citizen member on the Policy Committee since 2007. This means that I know how to draft, interpret and apply school board policies.