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Westport Dad Makes Run for School Board

WESTPORT, Conn. – From serving in former President Clinton’s administration to running his own public relations firm, Westport resident Michael Gordon boasts an extensive resume. In November, this father-of-three hopes to add Board of Education to that list.

Gordon, who earned a law degree and master’s in business administration from Columbia University, began his career as an attorney. From there, he went to Washington, where he served as a special assistant on education policy in Clinton's administration. After that, he worked as a spokesman for Attorney General Janet Reno. That experience led him to launch his public relations firm, Group Gordon , more than six years ago.

Outside of his work, Gordon, a Democrat, has ties to several organizations. He sits on boards for the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the Center for Arts Education. He’s vice president of the local United Jewish Appeal/Federation and is involved with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee .

Father of 5-and-a-half-year-old Ethan, a kindergartner at Green’s Farms, and 3-year-old twins Maya and Jared, Gordon also coaches Little league and is a member of the Conservative Synagogue. He recently answered a few questions about the upcoming election. The following are his responses.

Question: Why do you want to get involved with the Board of Education?

Answer: My wife Linda and I chose Westport primarily because of the schools. We have three young children: Serving on the board gives us the opportunity to do our part for the community in which our young children will become adults.

Q: What, to you, are the biggest issues facing the schools?

A: The mounting fiscal pressure on the town is the biggest issue. One of the reasons that Westport's schools are so strong is that we’ve always looked to the future and raised the bar. Going forward, we must spend strategically and have a surgical approach to any required cuts so that our already successful school system keeps improving.

Q: Why should people vote for you?

A: I think that my professional and personal experience has helped give me the tools to be an effective member of the board. My background includes serving in President Clinton’s administration as a special assistant on education policy, working as Attorney General Janet Reno’s spokesperson, running a successful communications firm and sitting on the boards of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Anti-Defamation League Connecticut and the Center for Arts Education, among others. With that said, I'm running first and foremost as a dad, appreciating that every child only has one opportunity for a great education.

Q: If you get elected, what do you want to help get accomplished?

A: I want to help conduct long-term strategic planning for the next generation of Staples graduates. Westport's 2025 initiative will teach our students to think critically, work collaboratively and show initiative. I look forward to helping develop this program so that our students become better prepared for a changing, more global economy.

Check back with The Daily Westport Tuesday to read about Republican candidate Jennifer Tooker.

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