Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
I met George Pombar when I was elected to the North Shore School Board in 2000 and had the privilege to serve with him during my two terms on the board. During those years, George and I had our agreements and disagreements, but we always maintained a level of mutual respect and civility that is essential in a political setting requiring cooperation and consensus building. George is a man of principle, compassion and moderation who always placed the best interests of our children at the forefront of his thinking and his votes. His background in finance made him an important, if not critical, contributor during annual budget discussions. Whatever the issue, George always found creative eways to maximize benefit and minimize cost. While I believe that a contested election is good for our local politics (uncontested elections can sometimes signify an unhealthy complacency), I am also skeptical of change simply for the sake of change. This election is about the fiscal health of our district and the educational health of our kids. With the stakes this high, I’d rather stick with the proven over the unproven, and I urge you to do the same. Vote for George Pombar on May 21.