Who is this guy, and why is he running for the Board of Education?
PETE FITZPATRICK FOR BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018
I’m a life-long resident of Southwestern Baltimore County, and a product of the Baltimore County Public Schools. I guess you could say I’ve been involved in the area’s schools nearly my whole life, but it was when my kids entered school that I started to become involved in education advocacy. [Kids have an odd way of forcing us to be adults.]
I really became involved in advocacy as part of the solution to overcrowding in the Catonsville area. [Truth be told, there were a lot of rumors flying around, and, well, it made me mad to see parts of my community pitted against one another.] Through that evolution, and the subsequent redistricting process I decided that I needed to continue to be involved.
So why the leap from community advocate (some might say “rabble-rouser” - and they wouldn’t be wrong) to seeking an elected position on the school board? The main answer is I think I can help, but there’s more to it. I just didn’t feel that I could sit back, having rightly-criticized the work that has gone on, and then shirk from putting myself forward when the opportunity presented itself.
That having been said let me lay out some things that are the core values that would drive me as a member of the board. [I ask and fully expect you, the stakeholder, to call me out should I drift from them.]
Well, I am a stakeholder in this community. I have been for most of my life. I’ve been a student, a parent, and a advocate. And now I’m asking you to lend your voice to mine on election day so we can give all of our kids the tools and opportunities they deserve.