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Pye’s presence needed on board
In the May 8 South Suburban board election, Susan Pye is the only woman running in the nine-candidate field. If voters choose her as one of the three new board members, she’ll be the only woman on the new board. If not, all five seats will be filled by men, the first time in nearly 50 years that this has been the case.
Will having no woman’s voice on the board matter? Yes, it will. During my eight-year tenure, numerous women of all ages, some with medical issues, voiced their concerns to me about challenges they faced in a facility or with our programming, hoping that I could spearhead corrective action on their behalf. Many confided that they weren’t comfortable with sharing their concerns with a male board member. I can imagine that the reverse was also true — that some men found it easier to share their concerns with our male board members.
I have known Susan for 20 years and urged her to run in this election, knowing her to be intelligent, conscientious, skilled in handling financial issues, and able to hold her own in any group while working collaboratively within a team to plan, fund, and complete projects. Having her skills and voice on the new board will be of value to South Suburban in many ways, including as a sounding board and compassionate voice for our residents, both men and women. Please cast one of your three votes for Susan Pye, to best preserve representation for all our residents.
South Suburban board member, 2008-16
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