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Meet the Candidates for the West Bloomfield School Board

Two candidates in the Nov. 6 election seek one spot available on the Board of Education.

As we look ahead to November's elections, West Bloomfield Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about the big races in town.

Residents district-wide will be asked to vote for one new member on the West Bloomfield School Board. President Bruce Tobin, whose fifth term ends Dec. 31, withdrew from the ballot after paying a $100 fee to bypass the number of petitions required to gain entry. Tobin had filed to run Jul. 10 and withdrew on August.

The West Bloomfield residents who will be running for Tobin's spot on the board for one six-year term are Julie Beaty and John Reed.

  • Julie Beaty
  • John Reed
Louise Cantor October 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Candidate Julie Reed refused two requests to debate John Reed. Why? Last year when these two candidates ran for school board, they both participated in two candidate forums. Mr. Reed was more knowledgable, more analytical and flat out more articulate. Newly elected school board member Carol Finkelstein also out performed Ms. Beaty. If you watch either of those forums Reed's responses were problem solving and balanced the needs of all district stakeholders. Ms. Beaty's responses were more emotional and more elusive. Someone may have advised Ms. Beaty to avoid a debate because Reed would shine ... Not a favorable outcome for Beaty.
Louise Cantor October 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM
That is, Julie Beaty refused two request to debate John Reed. Transparency is important to voters. If Ms. Beaty turned down two debate request, than she is willing to hide importan information from the public. Transparency is important if a leader wants "buy in" from the public. Ms. Beaty just does not understand what her refusal says about her, especially in an educational environment where leaders ask children to learn/research things before making a decision.
Richard Gold October 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Julie Beaty needs to explain a few things to Patch readers. If she fails to answer these questions, she cannot possibly serve our kids: 1. Why did she refuse both the LOWV and the student Law Club's debate requests this election? 2. How did she come to pay her $100.00 to run in this election a day after Tobin withdrew his name from the ballot? How can she claim to be an independent candidate, when Tobin tried to hand her his position? 3. Why does she claim to have endorsements of people who did NOT endorse her including Board members Nick Hersh and Matt Chase, on her campaign materials? What other names are frauds? 4. Is she teaching or working full time or what? She claims to be a seasoned teacher, but has no education degree. She claims to have years of experience in business, but just recently went back to work. What work experience is real? What work experience is puffing? 5. What happened to the blue shirt anti-teacher group she co-founded? Why isn’t that group mentioned on any of her literature or her Patch bio?
WBresidentsforchange October 30, 2012 at 11:43 PM
In fairness to both candidates and the community, click the link below of last years debate between the candidates. This will give the voters a chance to make an informed decision. http://www.civiccentertv.com/video-on-demand/civic-center-tv-presents/lwvoa-west-bloomfield-school-district-board-of-education-candidates-forum/

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