Vote for Rick Vilardo

Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:36 PM

To the Editor:

In November 2011, as many in our community were reeling from a failed school levy, I was at a restaurant discussing with a friend the issues facing our schools. As she and I talked, a man I had never met quietly apologized for eavesdropping and then engaged us in a conversation. I don't remember what all was said that day, as the three of us grappled with what was ahead for our district, but one thing stood out then and stands out in my recollection of our conversation:

He listened.

The "eavesdropper" was Rick Vilardo. While I didn't know much about him at the time, I quickly learned he was someone who asks a question to truly hear the answer, not just to set up his own response.

When I heard Rick had decided to run for Westerville Board of Education, a wave of gratitude washed over me. Since that chance encounter, I have gotten to know Rick well. He has the best interests of Westerville schools and the Westerville community at heart. He is running to make things better, not to bolster his own ego.

As a member of the Westerville Board of Education, Rick will represent the needs of the children of Westerville while finding the balance to create a true partnership between our schools and our community.

On Nov. 5, please vote Rick Vilardo for the Westerville Board of Education.

Katie Lesmerises