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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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Community members,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my intent to run for the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education. I have lived in the district for seven years, raising my children in the community and sending them into our public schools for their precious education.

Throughout my children’s education, I have spent many hours in the schools, meeting with teachers and administrators and have seen firsthand how the current economic situation has given our children less of an advantage than I had as a child in the public school system.

In my career, I have been fortunate to have served in management positions for Fortune 500 companies for the last 15 years. I plan on utilizing my experience in problem solving and fiscal responsibility to become part of the solution for our children and community.

These are incredibly trying times for the school district and the country. We have an extraordinary responsibility to balance the education of our children and the obligation to our community to be fiscally responsible. I, like many of you, have a duty and a moral accountability to properly and effectively educate our districts children.

I have chosen to serve on the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education because I want to see change. I want every child in our district to have the same opportunities that I had when I grew up. We can’t all be science majors, artists, musicians or athletes; however, shouldn’t they at least be given the opportunity to become the next Jonas Salk, Andy Warhol, Paul McCartney or Daryl Johnson?