Monday, April 30, 2012

Roni Taylor for City Council

Roni Taylor has decided to run in the Democratic Party primary for Council at Large. This is a great opportunity for Plainfield.  Roni is the kind of person we need to represent the interests of all residents.  She is a rarity in that while most City Council candidates come to election season with little or no experience in public service, Roni has experience and actually has successful experience.

Her twelve years of Plainfield School Board service occurred during the tenure of Dr Larry Leveritt. When she was first elected, the Board of Education was split and the Superintendents office had a revolving door. After one year, a turnaround began.  Roni helped engineer a Superintendent search by insisting on a more professional presentation by the Board at its public meetings.  This helped Plainfield attract qualified candidates, among them Dr Leveritt.  With the support of the Board, he was the most effective schools Superintendent our district has had in decades. And he began the gradual process of school and school district improvement.  It is sad to say that after Roni (and Dr Leveritt) left, the schools were unable to keep up the momentum and have struggled of late. Still, the limited progress we see is built on a foundation Roni helped create.

Roni was born and raised in Plainfield and has deep roots here.  She was the Director of Housing for the Plainfield YMCA for many years and was known around Union County for running a tight ship.  She is currently a teacher in the Plainfield Schools and has two children, both enrolled in the Plainfield schools. 

Roni and I go back to our overlapping service on the School Board.  I've known her to be a pragmatic and dependable public servant.  She knows how to be an effective team member and how to compromise and disagree constructively. Do we need that in Plainfield!  I know she will put Plainfield first when she gets elected.
I urge you to support Roni Taylor for City Council in the Democratic primary.

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