LINK Scarsdale 10583
May 15, 2021
To the Editor,
It is with pleasure that I write to endorse the candidacies of Jim Dugan and Jessica Resnick-Ault for the Scarsdale School Board.
I have had the pleasure of working with Jim on the vestry at St. James the Less Church when Jim served as warden. The warden is the lay head of the vestry, the governing organization of our church, and wardens are nominated and elected much like the members of the school board.
From working side by side with Jim, I know him to be an outstanding leader. Jim would bring many strong talents to his position on the school board.
Professionally as a litigator, he must be very thorough as he approaches decision-making. He does his homework, but most importantly he listens to all sides of an issue before making a decision. He is an excellent advocate, but he is also skilled at consensus building. And although he may not always agree with your position, he treats each individual involved in the discussion with respect.
I believe Jim would be a very strong addition to the Scarsdale School Board.
While I do not know Jessica personally, I am so impressed by her work in the community in conjunction with the Bake Back America program. Her volunteer work in leading the Scarsdale community’s response to the pandemic is admirable. She has set such a fine example for all of us on how important it is for us to take care of our neighbors in need. And in developing this outreach effort, she has demonstrated strong organizational skills. She is clearly passionate about her belief and helping those in the community and encouraging others to step out and join the effort. Professionally her experience as a journalist requires strong research and communication skills. Those skills combined with her passion make her a strong candidate for the school board.
Finally, personally I have served on the Citizens Nominating Committee. Just like the CNC, the School Board Nominating Committee performs exhaustive research in soliciting and vetting its candidates for the school board. We elect the SBNC and count on them to find the best candidates to put forth for the school board. I trust the nonpartisan procedure for selecting the SBNC slate, and believe that this year they have chosen the best two candidates for the school board: Jim Dugan and Jessica Resnick-Ault. I will enthusiastically vote for both candidates at the May 18 school board election.