education · In the Media · School Committee

Getting to the Preliminary Election

It’s hard to believe that two months has passed since I announced my intent to run for School Committee in Fall River.

In two months’ time, I’ve met some incredible people: teachers, parents, students, business leaders, elected officials, folks in the media, concerned citizens and more. Thank you all for offering your  wisdom and kind words over the past two months.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to my campaign in many ways. Without your help with childcare, proofreading, brainstorming, sign holdings/locations, door knocking, meet and greets, fundraisers and donating financially, I wouldn’t have gotten through the past two months.  I’m genuinely humbled by the amount of support I’ve received from my family and friends, old and new.

I also want to thank everyone who’s taken time to get to know me. To those who came to my coffee hours, thanks. To newfound friends who were willing to chat enthusiastically with me about the state of education at the grocery store, or on a Battleship (two incredible, actual occurrences), thank you. To the people who saw the magnets on my car and flagged me down to discuss my letters in the Herald News, seriously, thank you. And to Ian Abreu, City Councilor in New Bedford, MA and the Coalition of Social Justice, your endorsements of my candidacy means the world. Thank you.

I’ve learned so much about the Fall River Public Schools over the past two months. I’ve learned a lot about the voters and families that we serve too. Fall River is a good city, with a great deal of passionate, caring citizens who understand the importance of education, and well-rounded children.

Today is the preliminary election. Of the 13 candidates running for School Committee, 12 will go on to the general election. I sincerely hope that I have earned your vote, and the votes of your friends and family members.

If you’re reading this in the morning, take a moment and think about how and when you will vote today.  The polls are open from 7a.m. – 8p.m. For me, I know that it will be easiest to head to the polls right at 7:00 a.m. and vote. I live close to Cardinal Medeiros Towers, which is where I vote, and I can head there before my day begins. Use the link below, if you are unsure of where to vote.

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

If you need transportation, I’m here. Send me a message. I’m more than happy to transport citizens to the polls. If you have questions for me, please reach out. I am available to chat any time today and I want you to go to the polls with your questions fully answered.

Again, thank you all for your support.  Together, starting with your vote today, we can and will, break barriers and create change in the Fall River Public School System.

Sincerely,
Crystal Stone, Candidate for School Committee

 

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Week One

It’s been a week since I went to Government Center and pulled papers to run for School Committee.

I have to say that I am completely overwhelmed by the love and support I have received. Friends, old and new, have reached out to extend congratulations, neighbors who I barely see have came by to say hello and offer to lend a hand. More than ever, I feel so grateful for the many opportunities that I have been afforded by living in Fall River.

I’ve spent the past week researching everything I can about Fall River’s school system. I’ve spent many hours on http://www.fallriverpublicschools.org, and discovered great resources such as the “district backpack”. I’ve also talked to people who are new to running for public office, and folks that are veterans about how to run a campaign.

The one piece of advice that I keep hearing is to remember that “the cause is bigger than your campaign”. Forget the “noise” of politics: Go out, meet people and keep the children at the forefront.

Marshall plays with lion at community cookout
Marshall and his new lion friend.

I did just that this weekend, when Marshall and I went to a Community Cookout, sponsored by Gates of Hope and the Flint Neighborhood Association. This highly successful event was free to the community. In addition to a free meal, there were men, women, and children’s clothing, children’s toys and household items free  for the taking.

Marshall found a lion that he fell in love with and spent a great deal of the afternoon playing with it, while I spoke to members of the Flint Neighborhood Community about their concerns for public education.

Over the next couple of weeks, I look forward to meeting with folks from other neighborhoods, hearing their concerns, and using that information to craft a plan to make education even better in Fall River.