Thanks! With such a large field of candidates for the four seats open on the District 200 Board of Education, I want to thank Wednesday Journal and some exceptional local, current and former elected officials for their praise and compliments, as printed in last week’s edition.

The Journal endorsement editorial said, “Currently an Oak Park Township trustee, Davis has proven that he can be both a change agent and a collegial presence on an elected board. That is no mean trick. He has a good knowledge of the school, earned through the township’s vital support of the Township Youth Interventionist program and his own participation in OPRF’s infrastructure planning committee. An architect by trade, Davis brings creative thinking to problem-solving situations.”

You’re not alone with kind words. Former village trustee and township assessor Galen Gockel said, “Experience counts! That is why I am strongly supporting Eric Davis in the upcoming race for the District 200 OPRF High School board, and encouraging everyone to vote for this uniquely qualified candidate.”

Oak Park Township Supervisor David Boulanger said, “Eric would bring to District 200 important board experience in policy, levies and budgets; a creative mind on new initiatives; an architect’s perspective to building renovation decisions, and a deep commitment to the community and our youth.”

Former OPRF Rotary and Chamber of Commerce President Clarmarie Keenan said, “I can assure you his experience and willingness to consider new perspectives and new directions will support the students, families, and staff of D200 and serve all taxpayers well. I hope you will join me and support Eric’s candidacy with your vote.”

If elected, I plan to work to institute mandatory community service for our students, including inter-district peer tutoring for kids who need extra and earlier help with reading and math. I plan to follow my volunteer work on the OPRF facilities planning task force with professional expertise to guide us at the board table toward a 21st-century school environment. I also plan to make the emerging STEM program a highlight and popular option in our curriculum, using this national program to help grow the technical professionals our country needs right here, instead of having to import them from overseas.

My eight years of experience on the township board, my creativity, and my commitment to OPRF have been recognized by folks who should know. Each of us has four votes in this election; we make our own “slate.” I ask that you include me on yours.

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