Wednesday, October 16, 2013
To Whom It May Concern,
Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that my campaign’s Facebook page had several postings that were not properly attributed to the original authors of the content. I would first like to apologize on behalf of my campaign for these unfortunate errors.
I was unaware that the postings were not original content until it was communicated to me yesterday when it was reported on an internet posting. After discovering this, I took immediate action to remove the content in question and have taken my campaign’s Facebook page down. I have taken these steps to respect the original authors and their content.
The postings in question were not made personally by me. I allowed my volunteer Facebook team to post on my behalf, the purpose of which was to encourage education and debate on the issues facing our school district today. My volunteers were wrong to use other people’s words without properly attributing them to the original authors.
I take full responsibility for not having absolute oversight of the information being posted on my campaign’s Facebook page. As a licensed social worker I take ethics and my integrity very seriously. It is my responsibility to clean up these errors on Facebook, and I have done so. In addition to removing my campaign’s Facebook page, I will contact each individual and organization whose content was used inappropriately and apologize to them.
This election should not be decided on attribution oversights, omissions, or errors on my Facebook page. There is a lesson in this. As I look around the various social pages and websites of members and candidates, I think there is room for clarity and clean up.
The primary focus of this election should be the issues facing our school district and who has the vision and leadership qualities to make the necessary positive changes on behalf of all our students and families. I look forward to addressing these issues as we move forward.
I stand before you as the same person I have always been, before this social network mistake. My passion to serve the students and families of Anoka-Hennepin schools burns as bright today as it ever has. I humbly seek your support and pledge to give you my all.
Candidate for School Board