Friday's post on Phoebe Harris inadvertently flushed out an unqualified candidate for Parkland School Board. When the post was shared on a couple of Facebook pages, a few supporters of Harris came to her defense. Among them was Michael Millo, who wrote Big deal...she asked for a loan. Seems hyper political (referring to my post). I thought it was a big deal, or I wouldn't have written the post. I also find Millo's comment a big deal, because he's running for the Parkland School Board.
South Whitehall hasn't recovered from its own ethical breaches, embezzlement by a former controller and no audits for a decade. The Parkland School System is very much a large part of the township's success. It's vital that candidates for the school board have both the savvy and ethics required, Millo doesn't appear to.
Phoebe Harris is a Democrat. Mike Millo is a Republican. It's essential that voters disregard political affiliation in local elections and pick the best candidates. We need sharp people, not red pencils or red ink.
UPDATE 8:00AM: I have been informed that Mr. Millo withdrew as a school board candidate in August. When I met him last spring and he told that he had just moved here from Texas, my thought was that he should hold off running for any local office until which time he became familiar with the issues, i.e. some institutional knowledge. While I didn't see his withdrawal preparing this post (his withdrawal is not even stated on his campaign facebook page, only that he will be out of "commission"), I did see numerous endorsements from local members of the Republican party. I found the endorsements disappointing, considering the candidate's lack of local background.