Thursday, March 22, 2012

Doris Phipps for Caesar Rodney School Board

Are you happy with the education system in the Caesar Rodney School District?  Maybe you are, maybe you aren't.  A lot of that depends on what grade your student is in, which school they're attending, what curriculum they're following, and whether or not your family has made the decision to send them to a local vocational or charter school.  Maybe your student attends the local parochial schools or you don't have students attending school in the district.

Either way, we all have an interest in the delivery of quality education to our students.  The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we should accept the quality currently on offer or if we should always strive to do better.

Doris Phipps is running for the Caesar Rodney School Board.  She is not the incumbent board member seeking reelection this year.  She offers a different perspective.  Her three children have all come through Caesar Rodney District Schools, but all of them at one time or another left those schools.  Doris then experienced being a parent of students at charter schools and vocational schools.  This offers her a unique perspective on education, and a unique place in her heart for parental choice and students that are not being adequately served by a one-size-fits-all public school system.

While there is no doubt that the Caesar Rodney District's schools do very well for many of its students, it is important that someone serve on the School Board who can offer the perspective of those students who are, despite the best efforts of teachers and administrators, left behind.  Doris does not have an axe to grind.  Doris does not have an agenda.  Doris simply carries a different perspective and a strong desire to serve the students and families in her community, and help them as they seek to educate themselves for the challenges of the 21st century.

Please support Doris by coming to the polls on May 8th.

Polling Places:
-Caesar Rodney High School
239 Old North Rd., Camden
-WR Brown Elementary School
360 Webbs Ln., Dover
-Allen Frear Elementary
238 Sorghum Mill Rd., Camden


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jesse McVay for Register of Wills

My dad, Jesse McVay, filed today in the Register of Wills election.

Register of Wills is an office the major parties typically reserve for loyal, yet unpolished candidates. There will be no great controversy over the policies of the Register of Wills. No one will show up to the polls due to their strong convictions about who should serve in this important office.

It's not a glamorous job. The official duties of the Register of Wills Office are to accept and process estate paperwork during probate. It is a largely technocratic role, handled by a very professional staff. This makes the Registrar's job a largely managerial role, ensuring that the process is conducted properly and that staffers are accountable and responsive to their customers, the estate attorneys, their clients, and the general public.

My dad is not a party functionary being tossed a bone. He is a serious individual with a very methodical and detail oriented mind. He has an even temperament and an infinite capacity to listen. He has a strong and independent tenacity, but an open mind willing to learn.

He has not chosen to undertake this contest in order to promote his party or gain favor with its high minded dignitaries. He has chosen to undertake this contest in order to raise the important questions about the political nature of the office. Would a Democratic Registrar process estate paperwork differently from a Republican? From an Independent, Libertarian, or Green Party member?

I can tell you how my dad will process estate paperwork. He will do so carefully, efficiently, and cost-effectively. He will work with the Levy Court commissioners when possible to reduce waste, improve procedures, and more responsively interact with the public. These are the goals of any good manager, and they are goals my father will work tirelessly to achieve if you elect Jesse McVay as the Kent County Register of Wills in 2012.