The calendar just turned over to 2015. In a few months, our focus will turn toward another election season. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year and a half considering what role, if any, I can play in the public life of our community. In that time, my roots in this community have deepened and I’ve learned a lot about myself. We’ve welcomed a new member into our family at home and the challenges that addition brings helped me focus more on what matters most: family, community, and the future.
After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to run for the ICCSD Board of Education again. This time though, I’m planning to do things a little differently. I will accept as little money as possible to finance my campaign. The financing of a school board campaign can be pretty minimal. I estimate that I around $2000 to cover the costs of signs, printing and mailings. If I can do it for less, I will. Any funds left at the end of my campaign will be donated to the ICCSD Foundation.
I also encourage you to make monetary donations to the ICCSD Foundation, your school’s PTO/A, PSTO, or even to buy supplies for the schools based on what the teachers, staff and administrators need. I encourage you to do this before donating to my campaign. We’re under the threat of another huge round of cuts if the budget in Des Moines stays as it is. This coming after a year that saw cuts to language, music and sports programming and more in our district. I can’t in good conscience take money for a campaign that may not reach its goal when I know that money could go to better use in our classrooms.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to win and I want to serve our community to the best of my ability. However, I ran before and I know that running and winning are challenging. Discouraging monetary donations may put me at a disadvantage, but hopefully it’s a disadvantage that can be overcome by the message it supports. This election is not about me or my candidacy. It’s about all our children and our schools. It about all our families, our community, and our future.
Win or lose, I want to be part of building a better school district and a better community. I want to hear from the you about the issues that matter. I’ll be out there, ready to listen and prepared to act. I hope we’ll be there together.