Spring Break is just around the corner, and the last thing on most people’s minds is returning to the college when classes resume, but it is essential to at least keep it in the back of your mind, especially as the board elections surge on with controversy.
As the race for election, or re-election in the cases of Board of Trustees candidate David Carlin and Joe Wozniak, carries on, the fight for the open seats hasn’t exactly been a pretty one.
In a recent Daily Herald article entitled ‘Faculty endorsements an issue in COD trustee race’, Carlin’s accusations of mixed allegiance and bias towards Faculty Association endorsed candidates, Frank Flores and Ed Augustin, concerning their ties to the faculty were made public. Carlin said that, if Flores and Augustin were elected, as a District 502 taxpayer he would “sleep with one eye open”.
Carlin also stated that the job of the administration is to keep the faculty in check and wonders how faculty-backed candidates could stay unbiased during times of tough negotiation.
In another article from the Daily Herald, the faculty returned the volley on Carlin, as they brought into question donations to his campaigns from businesses that have worked with the college on renovation and construction projects.
“At the minimum, it’s a dubious thing to do ethically if you take money from contractors that you’ve just given pretty large contracts,” said executive director of the faculty PAC.
Carlin said that the donations were to his unsuccessful run for state legislation and not that of a board position and therefore, shouldn’t even be connected.
As the April 9th date slowly but surely closes in, the race for board of trustees will only pick up intensity, and through all of the accusations, statements and promises, what really matters?
A connection to the college’s well being and educational needs should be top priority for those running. With all of the mud being thrown to make the picture less clear, those voting in the election shouldn’t rush to conclusions until the entire story is flushed out. Look to the candidates whom you believe in and have your best interest at hand. For more information on the elections, check out codcourier.org and dailyherald.com/news/politics/election/race/college-of-dupage-school-board