I’ve never yet voted in the Poudre School District Board of Education election. Why should I? Does it matter who gets elected to make the decisions that will impact that quality of education? 

Kristen Draper is a person I never knew prior to this election. After meeting her and learning about her credentials, she then became the only reason why I’m walking 5 miles a day to canvas neighborhoods and remind people how important their vote is. 

She won my vote through learning about her volunteering for more than 20 years with students. She also served as a teacher who won the hearts of her students. She tirelessly gave of herself to our community. She believes in all children having equal access to a quality education. She works hard to see that this is not just a dream but a reality. She has the conviction to narrow the academic performance gap between socioeconomic groups. As a librarian she helped many students become proficient with their technological skills including developing coding classes for students. She became known for her excellent suggestions to parents for quality books for their children.

As I’ve canvassed neighborhoods, many parents described how happy they are with the work she has done as a librarian to enhance their children’s desire to read. I’ve heard personal stories from parents about how incredible Kristen is as any of the following: librarian, teacher, volunteer to students, PTO president and advocate for the LGBT community. 

Her opponent is an oil and gas lobbyist who has nothing that equates to Kristen’s services to our educational system. Our students have a right to a quality education. Please consider the reasons why you should vote and get your ballot sent back and make your vote count.

Fran Levine, Fort Collins

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