To the Editor:
As our community moves closer to our April 9 election, we are seeing many campaign signs surfacing in yards and parkways for candidates running for office.
One sign you will not see throughout our community is “Vote for Mary Hess, District 428 school board.” Mary has instead chosen to promote the qualities she possesses for this elected position on Facebook, participation in Candidates’ Night, and from the many supporters she has rallied through all of the volunteer work she has been involved with during the past years.
Mary currently works in the field of youth advocacy, focusing on positive youth development. She is a member and treasurer of the DeKalb Education Foundation, committee member of the DeKalb Junior Leadership Academy, and committee member on the DCP/SAFE Coalition.
Her resume also includes the development of and leadership on the District 428 Parent Advisory Council for three years, participation on several District 428 internal and external committees, working with several youth programs in our community, and volunteer time with our District 428 Parent Teacher Organizations.
She has volunteered countless hours to the youth of our community the past nine years. Mary continues to give back to our community, striving to make it better for our youth.
Mary’s willingness to run for our District 428 school board exemplifies her desire to focus on positive youth development. She values the best possible education for all of our youth in learning environments conducive to quality learning outcomes.
Mary believes reducing our current $2.3 million District 428 deficit is a community problem requiring input from both our community leaders and District 428 school board and administration members to address this issue. Mary wants to be involved in the decision-making for our District 428 school board using her experience, skills, and perspective to make our community schools the best they can be.
Vote for Mary Hess, District 428 school board!
Ron and Barb Pearson