To the Editor:
The purpose of this letter is to enthusiastically endorse my friend Michele Tuck-Ponder for a seat on the Princeton Board of Education. I have known and worked with Michele for over 30 years and have always been impressed by her leadership abilities, problem solving skills, and willingness to compromise. Her government experience is a major plus. I especially admire her willingness to reach across party lines for the good of the town.
A specific example comes to mind. I stepped down as mayor of Princeton Township at the end of 1992. Michele became mayor in 1995. The first thing she did was to form a “mayors committee” comprised of former mayors of Princeton Township to act as an advisory group as she transitioned into her new job. We met monthly and worked in a bipartisan way to assist the mayor and the township with its challenges. It took a woman of vision and leadership to come up with that novel idea. I believe all of the former mayors were flattered to be asked to participate and impressed by the way Michele was able to mine our experience.
Everyone knows Michele isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I think that is a good thing. More than that, however, she has the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people and make things happen.
Please seriously consider giving Michele your vote (#3 on the ballot) for a seat on the Board of Education.
Richard C. Woodbridge
Former Princeton Township Mayor
Benjamin Rush Lane