This year Medford finally has an opportunity to elect a progressive candidate to its school committee. Since July, Sharon Guzik and her supporters have been walking the breadth of Medford to listen to residents’ thoughts on the state of the city’s public schools, the quality of education children are receiving, and the degree to which city government is responding to changing demographics and recession-era budgets.
In a city where an entirely at-large voting system almost ensures incumbent re-election, voters have greeted Sharon warmly. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Northeastern University, Sharon’s qualifications for office are obvious:
* she holds a master’s degree in biology and has experience teaching science
* she has two children in the public school system
* she is extremely active in the Columbus School PTO and in after-school programs
* she is vice-president of the Medford Historical Society and head of Friends of the Medford Public Library, which raises a significant amount of money for an institution that suffers from city budget cuts.
Locally Sharon is being endorsed by Advocating for Medford Public Schools – http://tinyurl.com/yfa8cmx . Statewide she is one of only three people being endorsed by Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts in this year’s municipal elections – http://tinyurl.com/yzpvb77 .
With 11 people (including five incumbents) running for 6 school-committee seats, the final days of campaigning are heating up. To learn more about Sharon and her campaign, go to http://www.voteforsharon.org. If you would like to donate a few hours of time to the campaign between now and Tuesday’s election, you can do so by visiting http://tinyurl.com/yk3ymz3 .