Meet OLCHS Dist. 229 School Board Candidate Ed Wolf | #Education

OAK LAWN, IL — Ed Wolf is a 1992 graduate of Oak Lawn Community High School. He is one of five candidates, including three incumbents and two newcomers, vying for four seats on Dist. 229 Board of Education in the April 6 election. The top four vote getters will win the election. Early voting starts March 22.

Name: Ed Wolf

Age (as of election day): 47

Town/city of residence: Oak Lawn

Office sought: OLCHS Dist. 229 Board of Education

Family (names, ages and any pertinent details you wish to share.)

I am a husband to Julie, who also resided in Oak Lawn during her childhood. Being a father of three kids, Addison (17) who is a current OLCHS senior, Emily (13) and Nick (13)

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government (This includes any relatives who work in the government you’re running for): No

Education: Graduate of OLCHS 1992 and graduate of IBEW Local 134 Apprenticeship program

Occupation (please include years of experience): IBEW Local 134 Communications Electrician

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The single most pressing issue facing Dist. 229 and this is what I intend to do about it:

I don’t feel there is any pressing issue that needs to be changed. I feel the current board has done a very good job during a year with many unknowns. I know the coming fall year will be the next challenge hopefully bringing all the students back to in person school.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I have attended OLCHS and so has my family.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community or district? Did not answer.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

I have been recording secretary of the Local 134 Helping Hand Fund for the past 7 years.

Why should voters trust you?

Did not answer.

If you win this position, what accomplishment would make your term in office a success? Did not answer.

What are your views on fiscal policy, government spending and the handling of taxpayer dollars in the office you are seeking? Did not answer.

Do you support Black Lives Matter and what are your thoughts on the demonstrations held since the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake? Did not answer.

Do you think the current board has done enough to support racial equality, and if not, what specifically should be done to do so?

Yes I feel the board has done enough.

What are your thoughts on the district’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic? Are you in favor of remote learning, in-person learning or a hybrid of the two? Do you support a mask mandate for students and school staff, or mandatory coronavirus testing for both students and staff?

I feel the district has done an amazing job during the pandemic. I am in favor for in-person learning I feel the students need social interaction. If the students and staff have to wear masks I hope it is only in the short term.

When the vaccine is available to them, do you support mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for students and staff?

It should not be mandatory.

Is there any reason you would not serve your full term of office, other than those of health or family?

I plan on serving the full term if elected.

The best advice ever shared with me was …

Did not answer.

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