I am a big believer in small town government. So many decisions are made on a local level that effect our day-to-day, but the sad truth is that most people don't pay a lot of attention to their local elections. (Last year, the local elections in my town saw a 17% voter turnout.)

Since my oldest child started kindergarten, I have been paying attention to our district school committee. These seven people volunteer their time to make sure our schools are meeting the goals of the state, make sure our educators have what they need, and make decisions on behalf of the community.

I'm a public education fan. I grew up in the public school system, I went to a state school for my undergraduate degree. There's just something special about the institution of public education, meeting the needs of all different kinds of students and educators. I've also decided, career-wise, to devote my life to education. So when the opportunity to run for school committee in my town, a chance to be a part of this system and give back, comes up, I'm always tempted. But having really young children and working on my graduate degree leaves very little time for such endeavors.  

However. School districts around the country are facing backlash related to curricular and covid policy, and my local school district, where my children go to school, is not immune. School committee meetings where parents stand up and yell at the school committee, threatening them to remove mask mandates, spreading lies about vaccines, openly being against equity for all — I was naive to think that this couldn’t happen here. This was the year to run and support.