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Letter: Let’s bring Michael Gillespie back to San Joaquin County

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:00 am

All Lodi and Stockton citizens can be very proud of San Joaquin County superintendent of schools candidate Michael Gillespie. Mike served area children as a teacher and principal in Lodi Unified schools for almost 20 years before moving on to Sacramento two years ago. He currently lives in Stockton with his wife and two sons. I’m urging all voters to help bring Mike back to San Joaquin County schools.

If you’ve been following the superintendent campaign, you are aware that Mike is one of three candidates for the office, and I believe he has separated himself as the most dynamic and creative of the group. He is significantly younger than the other candidates, which has some skeptics believing he doesn’t have enough experience to be the top man in our county. But I encourage San Joaquin voters not to buy into the philosophy that years in a system or position is the answer for leadership, or for fixing our under-performing schools and districts. Instead, I ask that you look at which man has the best ideas and leadership skills to make the necessary changes for school improvement.

Being a great leader is not a skill you only inherit by spending years working in a system, but better defined by having an ability to make positive change and influence others to join their team. Mike Gillespie has these outstanding qualities and has displayed them at every forum during this campaign. He is impressively bright and has tremendous knowledge of every important academic and social issue our area schools currently face. Mike can articulate his vision for San Joaquin’s success at an unmatched level, and we need him to come back to lead our S.J. County schools.

Help stop the cycle of low-achieving schools and excessive high school dropout rates by joining me on Election Day. Vote for our Lodi-Stockton leader, Mike Gillespie, for Superintendent of Schools.

Principal Daniel Faith

George Washington Elementary School

Committee for Gillespie, U.S. Army Major, Retired

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