I had a surprise MM personal appearance last night, at the Columbia Democratic Club's Board of Education forum. Sadly, I was not available for autographs or photographs for those with the capability of flash photography.
I didn't stay for the entire forum, but for most of it. All six candidates attended....
OK, OK, I know you're looking for your red meat here, true believers. So here you go. Ann Delacy did the best that I have ever seen her do at one of these forums, by far. In fact, this was the person I have been hoping to see in the Board of Education campaign.
So back to the forum itself. Every candidate gave an opening, then answered stock questions provided by the club. They were asked to discuss their platform, discuss how they would improve the working conditions of the BOE, and they were asked their thoughts on policies by which books would be banned from school media centers.
For my money, the candidates who I believe articulated their vision and what they would do if (re)elected to the board the strongest and in the most positive way were Ellen Flynn Giles and Jackie Scott. David Gertler was strong but a little too focused on his thoughts on STEM, and Janet Siddiqui's answers, while good, are starting to sound a little too stock and not as passionate as I've heard.
Ann DeLacy and Bob Ballinger did OK as well. Really, I would say that no one was off-putting at the forum. And, Ann, thanks for the shout-out at the start of the forum!
Has Marshmallow Man brought civility to the Board of Education campaign? My Magic 8 Ball says, "All signs point to yes!!!"