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School Board Member Calls Decision to Stop Campaign 'Heartwrenching'

Deborah Orme's current BOE term expires after the November election.

Parsippany Board of Education member Deborah Orme said she has been moved by the praise and support coming from colleagues and residents in the wake of her decision to end her re-election campaign.

"The kind words of support I've received have been greatly appreciated and it was an extremely difficult, heartwrenching decision for me to withdraw from the 2012 BOE election," she said in a statement. "I have truly treasured the last 6 and a half years that I have served on the Parsippany Board of Education but it is best that I take some time away from service at this point."

Orme told Patch she is not yet ready to discuss the reasons behind her decision to stop her campaign and step away from the board when her term expires after the November election.

She did, however, share thoughts on her tenure in office and her colleagues.

"I have been honored by our community’s confidence and am grateful to have served with some extraordinary, focused, dedicated, knowledgeable and hard working fellow board members, administrators, parents, staff and community members over the years who have readily put education and doing what’s best for the children of Parsippany as their main priority," she said. "I thank them for their dedication, service and for sharing their talents and perspectives with me. Parsippany has a wonderful school district and I am so proud of all our students.

"Providing opportunities for their success and having a positive impact on their educational programs has always been my main goal and I will miss that most of all."

Orme also works for the community through the Lake Parsippany Property Owners' Association, so it is unlkely that she will disappear from the arena of resident service. And she said it is possible that she may consider a run for elective office.

"Depending on the circumstance, I may return to seek election again in the near future," she said.

VietNam Vet September 15, 2012 at 05:20 AM
We HOPE NOT. Debbie has done nothing but think of her rich friends and the hell with the seniors who are struggling with the rising taxes in this town, Every vote she made was WITH the 'Poster Boy" for greed. She doesn't give a damn about the rest of the people in this town, it shows where her heart lies, in the rich area of Lake Parsippany.
Carol M. September 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I know I'm a little off topic here but thank you Mr Brown. I knew sooner or later someone with that special kind of thinking was going to out all those hoity-toity people in Lake Parsippany who hide all their riches by living in converted summer bungalows, small 2 bedroom starters, baby splits and the occasional bi level.or cape. The nerve to think that they were fooling us with their lovely 80x100 lots all proudly landscaped with cut grass, rose bushes.and that fancy,.ornate clubhouse of theirs. I'm overwhelmed with emotion and struggling to even come up with the words to describe how I feel knowing that you are the "we" of Parsippany but by gosh, I'm sure grateful that your unique insight put property owners in LP on notice that they can't pull the wool over our eyes 'cause you've got our backs and are keeping close watch over the happenings in our town.
Sharon Miller September 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Mr. Brown's comment is perhaps the most uninformed, ignorant, and mean-spirited comment I have ever read in this forum. To think that Lake Parsippany is the "rich area" of our town shows only that Paul Brown doesn't get out-and-about very much. To seriously believe Mrs. Orme has spent six years at countless late-night meetings, reading a myriad of paperwork, attending dozens of seminars and conventions, and enduring ridiculous diatribes such as Mr. Brown's just to "think of her rich friends" is truly delusional. Mrs.Orme took upon herself the job of protector of the good education of Parsippany's children - without compensation - and, whether we agree with the votes she has cast or the fellow BOE members she has aligned herself with, our thanks, not our ire, should be posted. Shame on you Mr. Brown; you make us seniors look very petty.
VietNam Vet September 17, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Orme is an idiot who was just voting for this to go along with this money grubbing speitz who thinks he control the BoE and the people of this town. So, yes you keep supporting a thief like him and an idiot like Orme who didn't think about the seniors in this town, just what she wanted and she didn't think about how it would raise peoples taxes, that many can't afford to pay anymore, because of a runaway budget in the schools. There comes a time for the people in this town to stand up and say enough is enough... we can't take it anymore. And this is it lady, if I offended you or some others...well maybe you'll wake up to the corruption going on big time in this crooked town.
Monica Sclafani September 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Mr. Brown, you have found the perfect place where you can spew your venom against people you know nothing about, while you whine about how you don't have your fair share (sounds like, in your words, a "democrap" to me). Enough already. You're a very angry man, Mr. Brown, who sounds like he's fallen on some hard times. I'm sorry for that.
Kevin Brancato September 17, 2012 at 03:58 PM
@carol & @sharon Why would you try to reason with this man. He does nothing but call people names and make unfounded accusations. He is obviously and angry old man who can't see beyond his own wants and needs and will write and say anything to try and make a misguided point. Mr Brown I would suggest that if thinks are so corrupt and you have evidence of such please go to the prosecutor's office and give them the evidence so these "criminals" can get their due. Otherwise why don't you just stop slandering people and shut your mouth. You seem to have many misguided opinions about many subjects in the patch. I get it your on social security but please stop with the false accusations. Debbie Orme like her or not gave 6 years of her time and effort for no pay only to be called names by the likes of you. What have you done in service to this town? From what I can tell the answer is nothing constructive. My advice to Carol and Sharon and now myself is to stop responding to people who make no sense and you sir certainly qualify. Please comment again when you can be something other than negative.
Andrew Choffo September 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Mr. Brancato, that was sound, sane advice. Bravo!
Monica Sclafani September 17, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Dittto!
VietNam Vet September 18, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Far be it for me to make the seniors look petty, but all I can say to Sharon and Monica is ... if the shoe fits ladies then wear them. Anybody who would vote for these people Calabria, Neglia, and Spietz is contributing to the higher taxes in this town.I call on all the seniors who are looking for lower taxes to get out and vote these idiots out,... whos with me?

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