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Meet the Candidates: Laura Fitzwater

Newcomer Laura Fitzwater is running for a seat on the school board.

Three Cinnaminson residents are running unopposed for three open seats on the school board this year. They are incumbents Dolores Woodington and James McGuckin and newcomer Laura Fitzwater. Incumbent Linda Lamb is not seeking another term.

William Conley and Harry Shea pulled their names from consideration by the deadline in September. They had originally filed in June. 

We are bringing you profiles of each school board candidate. Here is the first.

Name: Laura J. Fitzwater

Education: AA in Business, Community College of Philadelphia, BS in Management, Rosemont College, MA in English, Arcadia University

Profession: Adjunct professor/instructor, Arcadia University and Community College of Philadelphia

Family: Partner, Geri, and three children. We moved here in 2005 to provide our girls with a good education, and we have been happy with our decision. Our son bought a house in Cinnaminson last year, our older daughter is in CHS and the youngest in is CMS.

Volunteer experience: Project Challenge, Library aide at New Albany and Eleanor Rush, Rush Book Fair, United Health Care events, Special Olympics

Elected positions held: This is the first elected position for which I have run.

Why did you decide to run? While the Cinnaminson School District has been recognized recently for its educational achievements, we can still do more. Since I am an educator, I felt I could bring a fresh set of ideas to our school board. I look forward to helping to incorporate positive change that will benefit the children of Cinnaminson.

Top issues facing Cinnaminson schools: Funding is our biggest issue. I want to contribute a new voice to the board in the hope of continuing to use our dollars most appropriately.

Ric November 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Laura, funding is not the biggest issue. The biggest issue is: TAXES. TAXES. TAXES. In case you are unaware, property taxes in Cinnaminson have tripled since 2003 - which is substantially higher than the rate of inflation. Philadelphia Inquirer, in the past five years home values in Burlington County dropped the most in Cinnaminson (26%) and Willingboro. Ask any good realtor and you will hear property taxes are driving home buyers away. So Laura, have you any care to reduce the cost of running the schools? Even our governor is complaining about property taxes. Or are you just a tax and spend republican type candidate running for the school board? I fully expect to be attacked by township and school district employees for complaining about taxes. But I do not care. They are not the ones pay the taxes. Comments made that do not discuss the tax situation will be ignored. Unless someone wants to pay my tax bills.
Ric November 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Laura J. Fitzwater, why did you fail to disclose you are a member of AFT Local 2026* Tell me, how the heck can a union member fairly represent township taxpayers when negotiating with the unions representing Cinnaminson school employees? *represents approximately 1,800 faculty and staff members and is organized into three bargaining units: Classified Employees, Full-time Faculty and Part-time Faculty/Visiting Lecturers. Affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, an AFL-CIO union, with AFT-Pennsylvania, and with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

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