Campaign For a Better Future.
I grew up in this community and I love it. I see such potential and possibilities, I always have and like most people...parents and those without kids, I just want to live a good life and trust that our leaders are making decisions that will facilitate that in this community.
Over the past 30+ years I have watched this charming little town on the river ebb and flow through patterns of decline and regrowth. I've watched new businesses come and go and established businesses survive but often fail to thrive. I have served on the welcoming committee and the downtown committee and spent 10 years serving the community with the Rotary Club of The Dalles. The one thing I have noticed is that there is no shortage of people like me on committees who love this town and want to see it thrive. But often, each of these amazing organizations function as an island. I truly believe that we will become a stronger community if we collaborate together. It's more than just stopping the radical agenda being pushed out by the state, it's about ensuring that as an institution of education, we are producing future citizens ready to take the reins and lead this community into a prosperous and beautiful future.
Being in Real Estate has offered me the opportunity to see this town through the fresh eyes of a newcomer on a regular basis. There are many things on the lists of potential home buyers. Some want beautiful parks with lots of green space and picnic tables, others want unique shopping and dining out opportunities, (no one ever wishes for more fast food restaurants...sorry McDonalds) the one thing that nearly every home buyer wants to know is, "How are the schools?" Because even if they don't have kids, they know what happens to a community with a poor school system that has a high dropout rate and offers kids no hope of success without a college education. A high quality school system is quite literally the backbone of a strong, thriving community. But it doesn't happen in a vacuum. It cannot happen without community support and involvement.
I've been one of those, guilty of thinking that it just happens....either it is or it isn't. I have seen the err of my thinking. We have to get involved. We can't just sit back and hope it all works out. As a member of the board, I don't intend to just fill an empty board seat. I don't want to waste my time or your vote. If at the end of 4 years, I cannot show progress, I won't likely earn your vote a second time.
Our schools are producing the citizens that will determine the future of our city and beyond. And it ALL starts with the School Board. The board sets the policy, and they hire the Superintendent who in turn hires the administration and teaching staff that will implement board policy.
This policy should never be set without input from the community. We have to ask ourselves.....what do we want our community to look like? And what needs to be done to achieve that?
I'd like to bring together the leaders of each island in this stream. The school board should be collaborating with leaders from Parks and Rec, Urban Renewal, The Downtown Committee, Chamber of Commerce, City Managers, Law Enforcement, Codes Enforcement, business owners and nonprofits. We MUST work together to hammer out a cohesive vision for our community, evaluate progress and access needs. Discuss challenges and successes. Each holding each other accountable.
If we want a community full of dilapidated buildings and parks void of green grass...and we do nothing, then that's exactly what we'll get. But if we want a community with nice buildings and beautiful green parks that create a beautiful town, then we need to look at how create that. This is where the board can really step up by setting policy that is prepared to meet those needs. In addition to graduating college ready kids, we need to understand that college isn't for everyone. And we need to offer trade specific opportunities that will graduate work force ready young adults to replace those boomers with blown out backs, knees and elbows when they are ready to hand their tools to the next generation of builders, welders, electricians, plumbers, HVAC specialists and more.
I believe in SMART Funding. Again....this is where community collaboration comes into play. I believe in SMART spending. Money spent to change the name of a school can be better spent by expanding and updating the Shop class or the Mechanics Shop. If you want a better future for our community, please consider voting for me for School Board in the May 18th special election.
#1 Say NO to Critical Race Theory.
~Teaching kids to hate America and hate themselves is counter productive and abusive and should be rejected in its entirety.
#2 Say NO to School Based Health Clinics
~These businesses are accountable to NO ONE and are free to fill our kid's heads with all kinds of confusing ideas. Parents should never be denied their right to make decisions regarding the physical and mental health of their children.
#3 Say YES to FULL TIME SCHOOL FOR ALL! Not just families who can afford private school.
~ Children are NOT the drivers of infection in this pandemic.
#4 Say NO to the ALL DAY MASKING of our kids!
~ REPEAT: Children are NOT the drivers of infection in this pandemic. Masks reduce oxygen intake. Oxygen is VITAL to proper brain function, masks weaken their immune systems and are riddled with bacteria.
#5 Say YES to apprenticeship programs!
~ Lets work with local craftsmen to create greater opportunities for Juniors and Seniors to earn work credits to ensure we have a healthy workforce in the future.