The Democrats in Manchester will be excited. Rich Girard has announced that he will not be running for re-election to the Board of School Committee.
When one asks the public to serve in office, it is incumbent on them to spend whatever time is necessary to do the work that needs to be done and do it well. It’s a public trust. At least that’s how I see it. In my case, this has caused disruption in my business and family that can no longer be set aside and cannot continue. Therefore, while I truly would like to continue to serve, and believe that, with your steadfast support, I would be reelected, I cannot in good conscience seek another term knowing that either my business and family would continue to suffer, my service would be sub-par or my effort to juggle these responsibilities would lead to unsatisfactory performance in both.
We’ve covered our share of stories in with Rich was involved. By which, I mean, he was doing the City business and others involved him in various intrigues they crafted to push him out of office. I feel certain none of that had anything to do with his departure from this role. In, fact, it may well have been a considerable factor in staying.
But, as Mr. Girard notes, your family needs to come first.
The taxpayers and parents in Manchester will miss his support on that board.