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The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.

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I am running for School Board because my status as a recent graduate of the Williamsville Central School District would offer a unique perspective. I walked the halls of Williamsville North High School just seven years ago and I am an example of the quality education this District provides.

My main goal if elected would be to not only maintain the high quality education Williamsville offers, but enhance it. As a recent graduate I am a product of this education and my experiences can serve as a check on making it stronger. I am the only candidate that can say I recently went through the system and this point of view would be a great asset to the Board.

There is no question that we are going through a tough economic time. School districts across the state have seen a decrease in resources over the past five years. It is hard to imagine receiving the levels of aid from five years ago, forcing us to do less with more. This is a challenge that I will not shy away from, but attack head on. Williamsville is one of the best districts in the state and the education I received has helped immensely in my accomplishments. My K-12 education prepared me to graduate with honors from Michigan State University in three years. It set me on a path to graduate from the University at Buffalo Law School and become an attorney. I want current and future students to get the same benefits I received as a student.

There is no question that my first-hand knowledge developed as a student would help advance the District Mission and Beliefs. This knowledge coupled with my higher education experience would be invaluable, especially as times continue to be tough.