THANK YOU FOR A THIRD TERM
Thanks to your support, I'm headed to a third term on the Lane ESD board. I couldn't have done it without you! A successful campaign isn't just about the candidate - it's about the community behind her.
I am grateful to the voters of Lane County for allowing me to continue to serve on the board of Lane Education Service District. Nurturing our county’s next generation is a great privilege that allows me to champion career and technical education opportunities for all youth regardless of which district they attend and support the educators in our community so they can help students unleash their full potential. I want to thank my challenger Rich Cunningham for his positive campaign, which challenged me to engage with our community to affirm my leadership at Lane ESD, and wish him the best in his continued service to the students of Bethel schools, where he remains on the board of directors.
My service never stopped, but I am excited to move ahead with our plans to continue to expand career and technical education opportunities to even more students, ensuring that students from all backgrounds can benefit from these real world learning opportunities.
Lane ESD will embark upon a new strategic plan this coming year, and we are excited to incorporate our board and staff in an equity based process that will build upon our district’s strengths and partnerships with local businesses and school districts. Last, while our district has already begun examining how we can retain the diverse staff we already have hired, I am looking forward to building upon employee feedback and listening to our students and their families to understand how we can ensure that everyone in the Lane ESD family feels welcome and valued.
There are many who helped me be in a position to continue to serve. Thank you to the volunteers on the phones and delivering fliers, and for the virtual house party hosts who brought so many supporters to this campaign, and to the hundreds of donors who made sure I could reach as many voters as possible. Thank you to my family; to all my supporters and donors; and to a broad coalition of allies, including the amazing Emerge Oregon network of alumna, the Democratic Party of Lane County, and the Democratic Party of Oregon.
The campaign was fueled by the working people of Oregon, and the organizations that support them, including United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, the OEA and AFT educator unions, Stand for Children, the Central Lane Chapter of the AFL-CIO, the Oregon Building Trades association, SMART Local 16, the Carpenters Union, and the Oregon Working Families Party.
I’m also grateful to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and NARAL Pro-choice Oregon, and all those who support them, for making sure that youth receive full access to education and health care that affirms their humanity and dignity. I wear the badge of Planned Parenthood and NARAL with pride.
Nothing could be more fun than having a team to work with, and I am so grateful to Holli Johnson, Lane Community College’s newest board member, and Kelly Mason, now elected to the Springfield School Board. I look forward to working with Holli and new Eugene School board member Maya Rabasa to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion across Lane County.
And finally, thanks to the kids and voters of Lane County for giving me a third term, and the chance to move us all forward as a community.
I’m proud to endorse Rose Wilde because of how hard she works to ensure children in our community and the entire state have what they need to graduate with the skills to succeed in life. She’s been an effective member of the ESD and I’m looking forward to seeing what she does in her next term on behalf of our most vulnerable kids.