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Respect is a crucial ingredient in any relationship voters have with elected officials. That's true of all elected positions at all levels. But it is especially true when it comes to elected school board members.
Recent years have shown a growing distrust between the community and the school board elected to serve them. Teachers have been scared, parents have been frustrated, and a variety of factions have done their level best to stoke the flames to benefit their political agenda.
It is pointless at this stage to lay blame at the feet of one "side" or the other. A more productive course of action is to elect leaders who seek to restore order in the district - and who seek to foster the kind of mutual respect a school board and school district need to be successful.
This November, I will not vote for candidates from either camp. We need new people, new ideas, and a renewed focus on rebuilding strained relationships. I believe Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel, and Grant Nelson, also known as the Elevate Douglas County slate, will provide all those things, and for that, they have my full support.
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