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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

(BOE Race) Ethically clueless Wilma Campbell steps in it again

Front of a mailer for Wilma Campbell and Krew.
The Obama mural in the background is on the wall of a District school.

Plainfield Board of Ed president Wilma Campbell once again has showed her ethical cluelessness.

Her twelve year career on the board is strewn with ethical lapses -- from twisting the Board's arms to hire the unlamented Steve Gallon as Superintendent to proposing a law firm with business connections to her husband to receive a juicy sweetheart contract, from appointing her husband John to an unexpired tern, to engineering the switch from November to April elections (at a cost of $115,000) without public discussion or input.

And then we have "Billboardgate" -- with Wilma's campaign billboard appearing next to one being paid for by the District and touting -- guess who? -- Wilma Campbell.


Wilma gets exposure on TWO billboards at 2nd and Watchung,
one of them at YOUR expense.

As if that were not enough, we have yet another instance of her ethical tin ear.

The illustration at the top of the post is from an oversize postcard that came in the mail recently.

I didn't pay it much mind until a parent called my attention to the Barack Obama wall mural in the background. It is on a wall of the Barack Obama Academy for Academic & Civic Development (BOAACD), oin the basement of the former Jefferson School that now serves as the District's headquarters offices.

Who took the photo? (Let's hope it wasn't a District employee!) When was it taken? (If during school hours, were the youngsters pulled out of class for the photo?) Why on earth was the interior of a school building used? (Would any other candidate be able to do the same?)

This ranks right up there with Wilma giving her son John (Little John) permission to use Leland Avenue Park last fall for a campaign event when he was running for Council. (That was canceled after a public uproar.)

It all goes to prove Wilma's ethical philosophy: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine.

Time for Wilma and Krew to go.

Don't forget the League of 'Women Voters Board of Ed candidate forum, Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 PM at the Plainfield Public Library. More info is on the League's website here.

It's your chance to see, hear and question the candidates. Take advantage of it!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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