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Why I'm voting for Gerald Totten for Board of Education

By Gene Galin
Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - I don't usually endorse local candidates. This is only my third one. I'd like to proudly say that I will be voting for Gerald Totten, candidate for the Chatham County Board of Education on Tuesday. I hope you join me in casing your vote for Mr. Totten as well.

With the need for the construction of multi-million dollar new school buildings, I feel that Mr. Totten will be one of the best people to get as much of our money into the classrooms for the children. Because of his experience in managing the construction of commercial buildings he brings a level of knowledge that is sure to benefit the county's school children. We will get the biggest bang for our dollar.

He is also an advocate of building more energy efficient buildings that are more environmentally friendly and more cost efficient. I'm also sure that he will keep an eye on construction jobs that we help us avoid the problems of "leaky roofs" that plagued some of our most recently built schools like Perry Harrison and North Chatham.

I especially like Mr. Tooten's public stance on improving ALL schools and not just building new ones. I attended a high school that is now over 50 years old and when I stopped by a couple of years ago I was proud to see that it was still in very good shape due to ongoing maintenance and renovations as needed. Mr. Totten supports being proactive about providing well maintained facilities for ALL of our school children. It may take awhile but I believe that with his experience and knowledge he can help push this concept through.

Some in the school administration may feel uncomfortable at first with Mr. Totten's proactive stances, but I'm sure as they realize that we can all do better for our children we'll be able to have a more responsive and accountable school administration.


Last week I discussed setting up and hosting a blog for Mr. Totten. This would be one of the avenues of communications to keep parents and citizens aware of what is going on in the school system beyond the usual press releases issued by the central office. I am also willing to print selections from the blog in both the print and on-line versions of the Chatham Journal (This offer is actually open to all school board members) One of our commissioners, Mike Cross started doing this when he entered office and you can find his blog at

You can read some of Mr. Totten's responses to questionnaires at the related sites. I think you will find his answers to be specific and well-reasoned.