Kevin Deegan-Krause and Jim O’Donnell held a flash mob at the Ferndale Public Library on Tuesday evening to announce their candidacies for Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education trustee in the November 2012 race.
Both men are active in the community and parents of children in the district.
Around 50 people gathered at the front of the library just before dusk, initially staying tucked away in the library until 7 p.m. Though the event lasted less than 15 minutes, the flash-mob style gathering attracted the attention of pedestrians and people walking in and out of the library.
Signatures were collected on behalf of both candidates during the event, including from passers-by.
Deegan-Krause told the crowd they chose the Ferndale Public Library for the event because it demonstrated the power of the community coming together to promote prosperity.
“They told us, ‘You will never change the library, it began in the 1950s and will die in the 1950s,’” he said, building his brief speech on that same community momentum.
“We love (this library) because we did it together.”
Four of the seven seats on the Ferndale School Board will be up for election this November.
O’Donnell told the group that “new blood in the school board” is what is needed and what they represent.
“We want to plan for the future of all kids in the school district and keep families in the district,” he said from atop a bench alongside Deegan-Krause. “We want to get down to the reason why people are finding themselves sending their kids elsewhere.”
Deegan-Krause and O’Donnell didn’t go extensively into their campaign platforms, but did welcome the crowd to head to The Emory to chat further.
Holding the flash mob announcement Tuesday allowed the candidates to meet the April 1 endorsement deadline from one local political action committee, according to the men's press release.
Deegan-Krause told the crowd it’s never too early to plan for the school district’s future, for the sake of the residents, parents and students.
“This is not premature,” he said. “I’ve already talked with almost all of you about changes we would like to see in the school board."