Letter: Parker will bring character, experience to District 428

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

To the Editor:

I have the privilege of supporting Marilyn Parker for the DeKalb District 428 Board of education. I know that she will make the right decisions in professional matters because she has always made sound decisions in personal matters.

I can personally attest to the content of her character and know that if she is elected she will not be a single-issue politician who has any personal agenda for being elected. Her only interest is to ensure that every child is educated.

Marilyn made sure that all of her daughters were able to access the best education possible while setting an example by going back to school to attain her master’s degree. Some of her proudest moments were spent watching her daughters receive their degrees from NIU.

I saw her raise four beautiful daughters on a shoestring budget and make sacrifices that allowed them to have all of their needs met. She is more than capable of trimming the fat from a budget, and as a classroom teacher she has first-hand experiences that will help her determine exactly where the fat is.

Marilyn has marched and lobbied in Springfield to support legislation that would benefit our public education system. She has collaborated with teachers’ unions and acted as a link between administration and teachers for many years.

She has always espoused the belief that the community of any school district, the students and parents, should be heard loud and clear. She will bring the issues of her constituents to the table and make certain that their voices are heard.

As a grandmother of nine, she has many years of applying the skills that each school board member should embody. She can be observed going out of her way to make sure that any child has what they need to succeed on a daily basis. She takes weeks out of her busy schedule and goes away to a summer camp with youth ages 8 to 18 and serves as an adviswr.

Do you want to improve the DeKalb community and ensure the future of our public education system? You can do something great for this community by voting for Marilyn Parker on April 9. I hope to see our neighbors, friends, family,and community partners as I cast my vote for my big sister, Marilyn Parker.

Loncie Byrd

DeKalb

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