Archive for Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Stay-at-home mom has ideas for school

January 31, 2007

A different viewpoint and new ideas are what newcomer Angie Erickson believes she would bring to the Basehor-Linwood school board.

With two children in the district, a son in second grade and a daughter in first grade, as well as a 2 1/2-year-old son, the stay-at-home mom and lifelong resident of the area said her three children were her inspiration for running.

"I have three children," she said. "I care about and have an interest in their educational future. Not just my children, but all the children in the district. I grew up here and decided to make this our home, so I want the district to be the best that it can be."

Erickson, 30, filed for the No. 3 position on the board along with Eric Dove and incumbent Kerry Mueller. Incumbent Dayna Miller will run unopposed for position 2, while Jeane Redmond and Jim Hevel have filed for the vacant No. 1 spot. Leigh Farris and incumbent Doug Bittel will vie for the at-large position. A primary election will be held Feb. 27 to determine the two candidates for position No. 3 who will advance to the general election on April 3.

While Erickson said she cannot boast experience, she can provide a different viewpoint to the board. She said growing up in the district has helped her become familiar with the community.

"I am aware of some of the district's history and have been in the community pretty much all of my life," she said. "I may not have school board experience, but I do feel like I can contribute to the board a perspective that others don't have."

She said she doesn't have a personal agenda, but she is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the board and the community. She said she knows the bond issue proposal as well as good communication between the board, the community and the schools will be the big issues she will focus on.

"I don't pretend to know all the answers, but I feel I'm a quick learner and good listener," she said. "I think there's a lot to be learned by listening to opinions and viewpoints of different people."

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