All the people running for the Brawley Union High School board are more than qualified, all have been involved heavily in the school and community and all should be lauded for their public service.
That, however, does not absolve us of the responsibility of recommending two candidates for the two board slots that will be voted on Tuesday.
The board must deal with issues such as finishing the massive upgrading and refurbishing of the Brawley High campus, low standardized test scores in the district and the new standardized competency exam required for graduation. These are all big issues, and it will take people with big aspirations to deal with those issues appropriately.
Incumbent Rodney Arterberry is one such person. (The other incumbent, Alex Jack, decided against seeking re-election.) Arterberry, who was appointed to the board about a year ago, reportedly has done a fine job during his relatively brief tenure. He is a smart man who has long shown uncommon dedication to the youth of the area. As a Brawley native and law enforcement officer, he knows all sides and needs of the city and its kids. He should be elected to a full four-year term.