How long have you been living in Thompson?
I’ve lived in Thompson for 32 years, most of my life.
What do you do for a living?
Most of my work is through the city for 13 years. Before that I worked waitressing and stuff like that. Through my job I’ve learned the structure of mayor and council and I think that will benefit me as a trustee because I know how the meetings go. I know what happens in a meeting. I know how meetings are structured.
Why do you want to be on the school board?
I put myself forward as a candidate because three years ago my son was getting bullied a lot. One day he came home with a black eye and it drove me insane. I felt like nothing was getting done. He didn’t want to go to school, didn’t want to participate, his grades were dropping drastically. I feel like that shouldn’t happen to any child. I think we need to have a safe environment for every child to participate and attend and at the time he had an amazing teacher and if it wasn’t for her I don’t know what would have happened but she helped him. I don’t think that should happen to any child. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen again, not only to him but to any other child.
What is the most important educational issue you want to address if elected?
The biggest issue I’ve heard so far is cutting kindergarten. I think we have to look for more ways to save money than cutting education. I think that’s wrong. If we cut kindergarten full days, we’re cutting our future, we’re cutting kids’ education. There have to be other ways to save money than cuts in education.
Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?
I think I would be a good choice because all my beliefs and morals will show in the meetings and I want to represent everyone fairly and honestly
Anything else you want to add?
I think it’s really hard for everyone to put themselves out there like everyone has been doing in this election. I just want to give everyone applause for doing it and putting their name on the ballot. It’s a hard thing to do.