Someone pointed out to me this piece here in the HNT about the Candidates running for the three open spots on the Edison Board of Mythomania this November. One of the candidates in the piece, Nilesh Dasondi is an ex-con and apparently, is ineligible to run for or hold public office.
For purposes of full disclosure, I don't know the man but he did approach me at the Edison Farmer's Market a couple weeks back and asked me to sign his petition to run. He said he had kids in the system and wanted to help out the school district - so I had no reservations signing his petition. I'm all for people who take an interest in and want to run for the BoE.
Now, don't get me wrong, although I have never met Mr. Dasondi, I have heard and read about what Mr. Dasondi did and the price he paid for what he did - but it's not my place to determine who is eligible or not eligible to run for the BoE. He seems to think he is eligible by asking for signatures on a petition and there is a process in place that makes that ultimate determination.
Either way though, I don't have an issue with someone who does something wrong and pays for it and then tries to do something to give back to the community. I'm certainly not going to be the one to stand in anybody's way who tries to do something positive in an unrelated field under these circumstances.
Having said that however, if there is a law that prevents Mr. Dasondi from running for or serving in public office for what he's previously done, then clearly he needs to withdraw his name from the ballot by the September deadline.
Anyhoo, the other four candidates are Theresa Ward (the sole incumbent seeking reelection) Richard Brescher & William Araujo, both who ran unsuccessfully last year, and Xiaohan 'Shannon' Peng.