Open Forum: Vote Hackney for the School Board | Winchester Star

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If you are like me, you are probably skeptical when it comes to politics. I have never placed more than one political sign in my yard to support a local school tax. Don’t get me wrong, I’m interested in what’s going on in my community and I have opinions. Two things that are important to me, and maybe to you too, are:

1. An understanding of the issues and each candidate’s position on them.

2. Voting is a personal choice.

So, you might be wondering why I’m taking the time to write an open forum article for the Winchester Star? I will tell you why. This year you have a nominee who will truly make a difference in your community and in the lives of your children if given the opportunity. Her name is Dr Diana Hackney and she is running for the Stonewall District seat of the Fredrick County School Board.

Of course, there is another candidate with greater name recognition and 17 years of previous school board experience. U.S. Census data shows that one in seven people over the age of 18 in the northern Shenandoah Valley does not have a high school diploma or GED. I think you are looking for new ideas, something better for your children. I challenge you to take a close look at Dr. Hackney’s experience and see for yourself why she is the best choice.

I worked in his team at Drexel University. From the moment she arrived on campus, we knew she had something different. She listened, everyone! She was engaged, actively asking questions and listening to understand. She encouraged us all and challenged us to take informed risks. We have learned, we have grown, we have prospered.

One of his incredible strengths is his ability to bring together people from diverse backgrounds into one team, pursuing a common goal. In our case, it was about giving Drexel University students the best full colligation experience possible. To achieve this, she listened to everyone (residence life, student government, campus newspaper staff, fellowship and sorority members, campus theater group, athletes, faculty, community staff and residents. ).

During his tenure, the quality of life on campus skyrocketed. Renovations were made to the student union, student events and programming increased, move-in day and freshman orientation became points of pride, and relationships with the community improved. Our brotherhood and sisterhood leaders have even been recognized by former President George HW Bush as part of his Points of Light campaign. With the support and guidance of Dr Hackney, the students worked with campus and local law enforcement to form a student-run city watch program to keep our students safe.

Students helped design her signs and she did not accept any campaign donations. She made a campaign pledge: “Your voice will be heard! She has spent her life improving the lives of others. Vote Hackney

For more information, see his Facebook page: Hackneyeducationforall.

Ron Kibbe

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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