FromThe Committee to Elect Felisha George and Avery Julien:
The two youngest candidates for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education have formally launched their campaign website – georgeandjulien4boe.com. Candidates Felisha George (Columbia High School Class of 2012) and Avery Julien (Columbia High School Class of 2016) are seeking election to the Board of Election in the upcoming November 7, 2017 election.
The public can learn about the priority issues for Felisha George and Avery Julien, keep up-to-date on campaign developments, and learn more about these two homegrown candidates who want to improve public education in the communities of South Orange and Maplewood. The campaign also has an accompanying Facebook page – GeorgeandJulien4BOE.
The two candidates have set out to call attention to the failure of the current Board leadership in closing the racial achievement gap, the harm caused to African-American students by academic tracking, the deplorable condition of school buildings and facilities, segregation in the school district, the lack of concern shown for students with special needs and the ongoing mistreatment of African-American students in the district.
Felisha George and Avery Julien were student activists during their days in the school district and decided to run for office upon feeling that the Board of Education was failing to serve students. Felisha and Avery are strong proponents of public education and believe it is the best hope for building true community in our nation. Through their campaign they hope to inspire other young people into public service, while also advancing a more progressive and inclusive vision for the South Orange-Maplewood School District.
Guiding their campaign is longtime New Jersey political consultant Walter Fields, a Maplewood resident and local education activist. His daughter, now a student-athlete at the University of Pittsburgh, was a complainant in an administrative complaint filed by the ACLU and the UCLA Civil Rights Project with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) over racially discriminatory practices by the South Orange-Maplewood School District. Fields noted, “I could not be more thrilled by the candidacies of Felisha George and Avery Julien. They are two committed and amazing young people who are taking up this fight on behalf of children and youth in our two communities. More so than any other campaign I have given my time, this campaign is very special and I am going to give 110% to these young people.”
Campaign contributions can be made by check to: The Committee to Elect Felisha George and Avery Julien and mailed to: 135 Oakview Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040. The online campaign contribution portal will open Tuesday, Oct. 17 on the campaign website.