Thursday, September 09, 2010
For lots of years I organized the lobbying trips to the City and State electeds who represented School District 3 for our Presidents' Council. Bill, as a Councilmember and then a Senator, always listened carefully, (as some others also did) but beyond that, engaged us in dialogue and offered opinions about how we might be effective in advocating for our issues, and attended District meetings in school auditoriums, sometimes arguing with the District Sup't. when he thought a school he represented was being treated unfairly. (Back in the good old days when District offices had some decision-making authority).
His level of engagement seemed genuine and often went beyond that of many of his peers.