Sep 21 2018

OPINION: Vote Julie Caskey for School Board

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are writing to you in support of our close friend Julie Caskey, and to ask you to join us in voting for Julie for the Piedmont School Board on November 6.

We have known Julie since she moved to Piedmont seven years ago. In that time she has been a tireless volunteer in our schools, and advocate for our children. As important, she has demonstrated herself to be an strong ethical and fair-minded leader of our community, traits we need more than ever in our schools and in our town.

Our schools are often considered to be the Crown Jewels of our community, and are currently facing challenges on multiple fronts including teacher retention, fiscal planning, and a national political climate that makes it imperative that our schools teach not just academics, but also compassion and kindness. Julie is precisely the sort of leader our School Board needs.

Julie has deep connections throughout our town and school district, based on the work she has done and the conversations she has conducted. She has worked with and earned the support of parents, teachers, and administrators through her unswerving dedication to “students first.” As a mother of four children currently in all three levels of the Piedmont schools, she has served in an incredible variety of roles covering academic, financial, and diversity topics.

As a practicing public interest lawyer for two decades, Julie worked as a law guardian for children, a public defender, an immigration and civil rights attorney, and a staff attorney for the United States District Court in San Francisco. She brings the the legal background and leadership experience we need on the school board, especially in these times of teacher shortages, incidents of racism and sexism, and financial challenges. She’ll also be the only parent of younger kids on the School Board, as there are only two high school parents on the five member board.

In her professional and volunteer activities, Julie has demonstrated over and over again her commitment to service and to community. She is incredibly well qualified to serve on the school board, and will be a powerful, independent advocate for our children and our schools.

Please see her website, for more on her background.

We could not be prouder or more excited to endorse Julie Caskey for the Piedmont School board, and hope you will join us in that support. Please join hundreds of Piedmont residents, elected officials, and community leaders, and vote for Julie Caskey for Piedmont School Board on November 6.

Elizabeth Shook and Cisco DeVries
Campaign Co-Chairs
Julie Caskey for Piedmont Schools

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