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Burbank school board candidates explain why they should be elected

April 01, 2013

The four candidates running for Burbank Unified school board outline why they're the best choice.

Steve Ferguson

Age: 24

Profession: Principal of CF Political and Media Strategies

As a candidate for school board, I believe that it is important to put forward a plan for which you can be held accountable.

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I am the only candidate to put forward new ideas to better our district, which include more financial transparency measures, the development of alumni associations, and the establishment of a Parents Bill of Rights to help parents navigate our district more effectively for their child.

My campaign has always been about incorporating all perspectives into the decision-making process and, as a result, I have established a broad coalition of support from throughout the community.

I am the only non-incumbent who has served on civic boards and commissions and who is not funded by outside political interests who would seek to privatize our schools and profit on the backs of our students.

Putting our students first has been, and always will be, my highest priority, and I look forward to providing more educational opportunities to our students as we prepare them for college and the work force.

David Dobson

Age: 50

Profession: Freelance video editor

I am the parent of two children in Burbank schools, a third-grader and an eighth-grader, so I have been involved with our schools for nine years.

For most of that time, I have been active with the PTA and am currently serving my second year as PTA president at Walt Disney Elementary and treasurer of the Jordan Middle School PTSA. I have also served on the booster board and school site council at Disney and the calendar committee for the district.

As an involved parent, an active member of the PTA and a graduate of Leadership Burbank, I am someone who is passionate but open-minded, who listens before he talks, who cares deeply for our children and schools, and who is ready to do the hard work needed to bring people together around the solutions that are best for our kids and the community.

And now that Measure S has passed, it is critical we have board members with broad experience, who understand what it means to spend other people's money, and who will use the bond funds as an investment in the future of our schools so they can be the schools of the future.

Larry Applebaum

Age: 53

Profession: General contractor

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