Monique Parsons, the chief operating officer at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, is making her first run for election to the Evanston Township High School Board.

Parsons, who declined a request by Evanston Now to be interviewed about her campaign, says she wants to provide “intentional leadership” and “data-driven decisions” to give every student the opportunity to succeed.

Parsons, of 8710 Trumbull Ave. in Skokie, grew up in Evanston, attending Walker Elementary and Chute Middle schools.

She graduated from the School for Performing Arts, a public high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where she majored in the sociology of law, criminology and deviance.

Parsons has a son who is a junior at ETHS.

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Monique Parsons responses to PTA Council questionnaire

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Why the cancellation?

    Bill, do you have any idea why these candidates are cancelling their interviews?  I want to be an informed voter and it seems to me that avoiding these kinds of opportunities where they can br asked an established set of questions puts them in a bad light.  Thanks!

    1. Cancellations

      Hi Cindy,

      My impression is that, given the limited competition in this year's election, some candidates didn't feel the need for the additional exposure. But that's just a guess.

      Most said they were very busy and couldn't find the time.

      — Bill

      1. She can’t find the time for an interview?

        Are these 'candidates'  aware of the significant time commitment necessary to serve as a school board member?  If someone can't carve out enough time for a brief interview, it makes me wonder how much time and energy they would have to give the board…

        1. No time to answer question—No Vote for
          Any candidate that won’t answer [and truthfully and thoughtfully] does not merit a vote for them.

    2. Because

      First rule of politics:  If you don't have to answer questions, then do not.  You will never have to defend something you never said.

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