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  •  This is true for any public official (4+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, wasatch, elwior, Intheknow

    Our school board has had people who meet the objective criteria that you indicate, yet the school board suffered as a result.  Of course, they are fundamentalist conservatives.

    Ostensibly, anyone holding public office should have direct prior experience relevant to the position, but it need not be a requirement.

    A person with no children who recently relocated from another area could be an excellent school board member.  I think candidates for school board are clear enough about their ideas to allow us to decide who is qualified.  

    If anything, I'd be very wary of someone who only had experience in the local school system.  They may be less able to see the problems and to have fresh ideas how to fix them.

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