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Speaking of Amendment 59

October 15, 2008

I am in favor of Amendment 59 also known as Colorado Safe.  The school board passed a resolution of support for this Amendment at a recent school board meeting.  I believe 59 is good public policy.  It will give our legislators more discretion to set priorities and it will set aside money for schools in recession years.  It does eliminate automatic increases in school funding.

I saw an ad for Amendment 59 tonight and I was sorely disappointed.  I found the ad to be cynical and disengenuous.  The ad featured "politicians" shaking down students outside a school and robbing their lunch money.  You can watch the ad here.  The ad suggests that "politicians" will have less discretion over money.  In fact, it gives state legislators more discretion.  I think that's good public policy.  We elect our legislators to set priorities.  It may be in some years that schools should get less and transportation or health care should get more.  That's why we have a legislature.  But the notion of legislators setting priorities obviously must not "poll" well or test well in the focus groups.

I admire the people who crafted Amendment 59.  I've listened to their presentations.  I've had the chance to ask questions.  These are thoughtful people – they also happen to be politicians.

It is another sign of the sorry state of politics (and from my perspective not very creative political consultants) that we dress up good public policy in "wolf's clothing" to scare people to vote Yes.

I certainly hope that Amendment 59 passes.  I certainly don't think the ad helps.

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Thank You to My Fellow Candidates

November 6, 2007

I want to take this opportunity on Election Day to say thank you and congratulations – win or lose – to my fellow candidates for St. Vrain Valley School Board.  I tip my hat to Merrill Bohaning, Mike Schiers, Rick Hammans and John Fallon.

It takes a lot to put yourself out there for public scrutiny.  It takes commitment to be willing to take on a 15 to 20 hours per week volunteer job.  You deserve the community’s respect for putting your name on the ballot and competing for the opportunity to serve.

So, as a parent of St. Vrain students, I would like to say thank you.

Questions & Answers – Some Audio

November 6, 2007

I am delinquent in posting responses to questions I’ve received over the course of the school board campaign.  My delay, in part, is due the time it takes me to write.  So, I thought I would take an audio approach.  It will accelerate my process and stretch my technology capacities, too.  Here are answers to many of the questions I’ve received.

Download 11607_questions_and_answers.WMA

I also am posting answers to many of the questions I received from Brad Jolly.

6.       (Originally question 5) Would you support a mill levy override in 2008?

I have invested considerable time talking to people throughout the district and state – educators, business people, public and community leaders.  There is near unanimity that we cannot accomplish our educational goals with the resources we have.

I would like to support a mill levy override as soon as possible.  Before we ask voters to increase people’s taxes, I believe we must pass three tests.

First, we must demonstrate what we’ve learned from past mistakes.  Second, we must demonstrate how we are maximizing current resources.  And, third, we must demonstrate how new tax dollars will help us make a leap forward rather than simply making marginal improvements to what we’re already doing.

In addition, we need to work at the state level on overall tax reform.  Some taxpayers must bear a disproportionate burden of property taxes.  For instance, I am keenly aware that the property tax code is onerous for those who own commercial property.  This places an undue burden on small business people.  Businesses should be a natural ally for public education but it is difficult due to the burdens they must carry relative to other types of property owners.

7.       Do you believe the district is standards-based in terms of student achievement?  Explain.

In practice, we do not have consistent education standards from one school to the next.  It is important that we establish, with clarity, what we expect students to know at various grade levels.  We should establish these standards for our district and not rely on outside legislators to do the work for us.

Once we have set clear standards we should allow principals and teachers to adopt building specific strategies to meet these standards in a way that meets the needs and interests of their students.  We should rely less on program driven curriculum.  While program driven curriculums have some advantages they can undermine efforts to provide differentiated learning.

8.       Outside of charter schools, what percentage of SVVSD teachers would you put in each of the following categories relative to their public school peers along the Front Range (answers should add up to 100%)?  Much Better than Average; Better than Average; Average; Worse than Average;          Much Worse than Average

I would question the wisdom of anyone who attempted to answer this question.  If someone provides an answer, it most assuredly is based on ignorance.  Let me explain by providing an example.

I serve on the board of directors of a small bank on the Eastern Plains.  I have regular, direct contact with the organizations six senior managers.  I have access to these managers’ annual reviews.  Based on this information, I can say with authority how well they are serving our organization.

I do not have direct contact with senior managers of other banks.  I do not have access to the performance reviews of senior managers from other banks.  Thus, I have no way to compare the performance of our senior managers to those who work for other organizations.

I have occasion to meet bank tellers who work for our bank and I interact with them as a customer.  I do not, however, participate in their performance reviews.  Nor do I have access to the performance reviews of tellers in other banks.  So, it would be pure speculation should I try to compare the performance of these people.

The same applies for teachers in our school district.

My personal experience with our children’s teachers:  we have been quite pleased with six, one was okay and one was unsatisfactory.  The latter two no longer teach in this district.

9.       Describe your position on the district’s current "Health Education Proposal."  Are there any areas that you would work to repeal?

I would like to congratulate the school board for passage of the new health education policy – specifically the portions regarding sexual education.  I know that sexual education can be an uncomfortable topic.  So kudos to the board for adopting this policy.

I agree with the opt out approach to the sexual education (meaning that children will receive the sexual education unless their parents make the explicit choice to opt them out).  I support this policy so long as there is very good communications with parents.

I would have supported an "opt in" option for a 3D training on how to use condoms.  This type of option would allow parents to choose for their children to receive a sexual education demonstration with mannequins.  The board chose not to allow this option.

When explaining oral contraceptives (birth control pills), I believe that students should be told which types of contraception destroy a fertilized egg.  People disagree about whether or not a fertilized egg constitutes life.  From a biological perspective, there is no ambiguity.  It is life.  I believe students should have this information, too.  I do not know what the new policy says about this, I would have to look it up.

I received a pamphlet from Friends First with 10 tips for parents.  Tip number 10 is: Talk openly and often about sexuality, choices, and that the best sex is within marriage.  My wife and I agree.  We have already begun that conversation with our oldest daughter.  I am glad the new sexual education policy continues the practice of informing students that abstinence is the only risk free approach to sex.

We will choose for our daughter (and son and 2nd daughter) to participate in the full sexual education instruction.  My wife and I believe two things.  Complete information is best when it comes to sexuality.  And, our children will take our point of view about sexuality seriously.

10.   What is your position on the way the district has dealt with Imagine?

I am not knowledgeable enough to comment on the specifics of the district’s management of Imagine.

Here are my general thoughts about Charter Schools:

Charter schools will be among the portfolio of schools in the St. Vrain Valley.  Colorado Department of Education rulings make it clear that they will not allow charters to be denied.  Public opinion research is conclusive, too.  People strongly support a role for charter schools.  So, whether we support or oppose charter schools, they are here to stay.

In this context, I believe we have an obligation to create the best possible working relationship with charter schools.  We should tackle common challenges as allies.  We should find ways to learn from one another and share innovations.  We should work together to help families make good choices about the types of learning experiences they want for their children.

Adversarial relationships between traditional and charter schools do not well serve our families or communities.  The school board can set the tone in creating more cooperative relationships.  But, we need all stakeholders to make the commitment to work together.

If we do not believe more productive relationships with charter schools are possible, we should seriously consider the option of turning the charters over to the Colorado Department of Education.  Working with charter schools consumes a great deal of time and energy.  If the relationship is adversarial then it is a great distraction from the essential work of schooling.

11.   What is your position on the way math is taught in the SVVSD?

I am not an expert on math instruction.  What I am learning, however, is that math is one of the subjects in which students would benefit most from differentiated and student directed learning.  The math classes I have observed and my conversations with math instructors reinforces this idea.

I believe it should be a priority to adopt as policy greater emphasis on differentiated learning for all subjects and, perhaps, in particular for math.

12.   Would you support a voucher system for students that would enable students to leave schools where more than 80% of the students flunk the CSAP?  By "voucher system," I mean a system wherein parents would be able to take their students’ per-pupil funding to a public, parochial or private school of the parents’ choosing.

No.  I do not support voucher programs that would allow students to attend private schools.  I am concerned that a voucher system would exacerbate an already emerging apartheid education system that is re-establishing itself in the United States.

See my post, “Why I Support Public Schools,” dated September 14 for a longer explanation.

13.   Would you support a similar voucher system for all students?

No.  See above.

14.   In a public editorial published in the Times-Call and on the district’s Web site, Dr. Zila wrote, "On standardized testing St. Vrain students outscore most of their peers around the state, including Cherry Creek and Boulder Valley."  Is this statement true?  What evidence is there for or against this?

I am aware of the statement.  I have not researched its validity. Certainly in terms of aggregate CSAP scores Cherry Creek and Boulder Valley have higher scores than St. Vrain.

15.   More than a decade ago, Dr. Zila’s predecessor talked about making the SVVSD a "world-class" district.  Are we there yet?  Are we close?

The St. Vrain Valley has the potential to be a world-class school district but we are not there yet.  The pace by which we reach this status will depend upon how urgently we embrace the need to create schools that…

Tailor curriculum to EACH students’ unique needs, interests and passions so that students are eager to learn.  A love of learning is an essential attitude and an essential skill in our era.

Cultivate creative skills, risk taking, as well as working collaboratively with diverse groups.  Narrowing the curriculum to focus on a small set of core subjects is not sufficient.

Enable teachers to focus their energies on high-value instruction; that integrate technology into all areas of learning; and that provide learning experiences in and outside the classroom.

Base student promotion more on knowledge and less on classroom time.  We all know that every student learns at their own pace.  We need our schools to better reflect that reality.

Enable their students to take more responsibility for their own learning.   Today, accountability rests disproportionately on the shoulders of schools and teachers.  That doesn’t make sense.  We must develop systems that support every student’s RIGHT to be responsible for themselves.

Are of a size and allow ample time for personal relationships between adults and students – as well as between peers.  We know healthy relationships are essential to a quality learning environment.  We must be intentional about creating time and space for relationships.

And, that make it a priority to build community.  History teaches us we are at our best when we find ways to bridge our differences.  Public Schools are one of the places in which we can cross divides and learn from, with and about one another.

Brad also asked the following questions which I will address on this blog but not in direct response to Brad’s questions.

1.    As a school board member, what specific, measurable goals would you make high priorities for the district achieve by June 30, 2008?

2.    Same question, but by June 30, 2009.

3.    What are the 3-5 important things that the SVVSD routinely does best?

4.    What are the 3-5 important things that the SVVSD routinely does worst?  Please list the same number of items in this response that you did for the question above.

5.    (Originally question 6)  Can the SVVSD improve student performance without spending more money than the increases already guaranteed by Amendment 23?  Name as many specific ideas as possible.

Thanks for the Support

October 30, 2007

Election Day is one week away.  Many people in Boulder, County have mailed in their ballots.  The plan is for newly elected school board members to take their seats on Wednesday, November 14 – just two weeks from tomorrow.  Given that I am running without opposition, the outcome of my election is fairly certain.

I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the St. Vrain Valley on the school board.  I have had several people remind me that it is about service to our communities and I take that to heart.

I have spent the past three months making a concerted effort to learn from a wide range of people in our communities.  I was excited by the possibilities of public education and public schools before I announced my candidacy.  I am more excited now.  There are many, many people in our communities who are passionate about creating opportunities for our children, our schools and our communities.  I have been inspired and humbled by the efforts people are making in all parts of our school district.

I am learning that there is good work already in motion.  I also am learning that we must embrace efforts to create change with a much greater sense of urgency.

We are learning how to create learning environments in which all children can thrive.  These lessons are being learned around the country and right here in St. Vrain.  But, in order to capitalize on these lessons and provide all children with a superior educational experience, we must embrace the fact that public schools will change.  They must change.

Before I delve too deeply into education issues (I will continue to do so in future posts), I want to pause and express thanks to those who supported my efforts for school board.

John Caldwell has been a role model for me when it comes to community service.  I appreciate his service on the board and to our communities.  He is someone who I will continue to tap as a sounding board.

Heather and Matt Brandt have provided considerable encouragement and were gracious enough to host a kick-off party on my behalf.  Their daughter Isabelle spent a Sunday afternoon going door-to-door with my children and me.

Dave and Lenise Eiffert also have provided encouragement and Dave has made sure that our campaign complies with paper work required by the Secretary of State.

Debbie Lammers has helped me learn a great deal about the district.  She is another role model of service.  I appreciate how she is always upbeat even in the face severe adversity.

Annette Higgins took time to go door-to-door on my behalf and she is helping me better understand the challenges that face special needs students.

Brian and Sandy Herman have helped me to meet people I might not otherwise and give our family a boost with logistics, hauling our son Joe to many different activities.

Veronica Sommers inspires me to work hard, think hard and helped organize a parent discussion in east Longmont.

Karen Sekich opened up her home on my behalf so I could meet people from Mead.  I know Karen through Rotary.  Rotary’s motto is Service above Self.  That’s Karen!

Nanci Kalamaya offered early encouragement, contributions and shared her experience as a former school board member.

Colette Lotter and Rick Jacobi also opened up their home.  They recruited a great group of parents for a conversation in east Longmont.

Gene Kath, a friend and teacher at Sunset Middle School, allowed me to observe two of his math classes so I could gain some insight to what is happening in the classrooms.

Several people supported my campaign with contributions:  Veronica Sommers; Dave & Lenise Eiffert; Beverly Springer; Karl & Lisa Spiecker; Kristin & Eric Colon; Nanci Kalamaya; Jody & Matt McCain; Debbie Lammers; John Caldwell; Bill Sharp; Teri Pinney; Gretchen Hammer, and Laurie Zeller.  I appreciate your generosity.

Jamie Neufeld and Mike Newell, teachers at Silver Creek and Mead Middle School, respectively, arranged for me to have lunch with their colleagues.  It was great to listen to and learn from teachers.

Shari Malloy arranged for a tour of the Transition Program for Students with Disabilities.  This is one of many services provided by the district about which I am still learning.

Suzzanne Painter is making efforts to help me meet a wide range of people in the district.

Many principals, mayors and district administrators have made time to help me learn.

There are many other friends who have made extra efforts to help and who regularly offer encouragement.

Joni and I appreciate all that everyone has done for the campaign and for our family.  The friendships we have formed are part of what motivates me and gives me the energy to take on this role.  I will do my best over the next four years to earn the support we’ve been given by others.

Campaign Spending

October 17, 2007

Today’s Times-Call reports that I lead all SVVSD candidates in funds raised and spent (see October 6 post on this blog for details of what I’ve raised and spent).  Victoria Cameron told me she found it ironic that, as an unopposed candidate, this would be the case.  Why have I raised and spent over $500?

I want to run a serious campaign.  Over the summer, I developed two budgets – $500 if I was unopposed and $3,000 if I had opposition.  I built the infrastructure for a campaign in July and August.  I created a website, started this weblog an printed flyers for door-to-door campaigning.  I had materials translated into Spanish.  And, I spent $60 for a voter history and precinct maps so that I could target high turnout precincts when I went door-to-door.

As it turned out, I am unopposed.  I have turned down several contribution offers because I already had met my $500 goal.  I continue to go door-to-door but I must confess I’ve been less diligent about targetting high turnout precincts.  Instead, I am focusing on neighborhoods where I don’t know as many people.  I thought it would be good to go places and meet people with whom I am less familiar.

I plan to keep the blog going after election day.

My Schedule

October 16, 2007

I am in the process of transferring information from my website www.creighton4stvrain.com to this blog.  I plan to shut down the campaign website but I will keep the blog going.  My hope is to keep it going for the next 4 years.  Here’s what’s been on my website – revised to reflect recent changes.  My plan is to update my schedule here from time to time.

This schedule does not include the many one-on-one meetings that I have had with a wide variety of people from Longmont, Erie, Frederick, Firestone, Lyons, Dacono, Mead and Niwot.

October

1 – Interview with St. Vrain Valley Education Association

2 – Sunset Middle School Visit

3 – Times-Call Editorial Board

     School Board work session

4 – Alpine Elementary School Visit

7 – Door-to-door in northeast Longmont

10 – Lunch with Silver Creek High School Teachers

11 – Times-Call Candidates Forum

16 – Door-to-door in north Longmont

18 – Carbon Valley Chamber Candidate Forum

23 – East Longmont community discussion hosted by Colette Lotter and Veronica Sommers

24 – Lunch with Mead Middle School Teachers

September

8 –   Literacy Day, Longmont Public Library

       Campaign Open House, Hosted by Heather & Matt Brandt

10 – Eagle Crest PTO

12 – Transition Program for Students with Disabilities Visit

       Coal Ridge Middle School Visit

       School Board work session and meeting

13 – Sunset Middle School Observe Math Classes

15 – Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Kensington Park

18 – Mead area discussion group hosted by Karen Sekich

19 – Northridge Elementary School Visit

      Longmont High School Visit

      School board work session

20 – Silver Creek High School Visit

21 – Niwot area community discussion hosted by Debbie Lammers

      Niwot High School Visit

August

23 – Columbine Elementary School Visit

19 – Heritage Middle School Visit

31 – Altona Middle School Visit

      Eagle Crest Elementary School Visit

3 Minutes at the Times-Call Candidates Forum

October 11, 2007

For those of you who would like a jump start on tonight’s candidates forum, I have posted my talking points below.  They will be familiar themes for those of you who have read my blog.

Each candidate is allowed three minutes for a statement.  There will be 20 minutes of Q&A after.  I will do my best to keep track of questions and my answers to post here later.

Talking Points

Good evening.  My name is John Creighton.  Thanks to all of you who chose to hear us rather than watch the Rockies.  We appreciate it.

I’m running for school board because I’m bullish on public schools.  We can provide our children with opportunities our parents and grandparents could not have imagined.  To deliver on these opportunities, we must understand public schools will change.  They must change.

In a few years time, if not already, families will seek out schools that…

          Tailor curriculum to EACH students’ unique needs, interests and passions so that students are eager to learn.  A love of learning is an essential attitude and an essential skill in our era.

Families will seek out schools that…

          Cultivate creative skills, risk taking, as well as working collaboratively with diverse groups.  Narrowing the curriculum to focus on a small set of core subjects is not sufficient.

Families will seek out schools that…

          Enable teachers to focus their energies on high-value instruction; that integrate technology into all areas of learning; and that provide learning experiences in and outside the classroom.

Future generations will not know what we mean by field trips because the walls between school and community will begin to disappear.

Families will seek out schools that…

          Base student promotion more on knowledge and less on classroom time.  We all know that every student learns at their own pace.  We need our schools to better reflect that reality.

Families will seek out schools that…

          Enable their students to take more responsibility for their own learning.   Today, accountability rests disproportionately on the shoulders of schools and teachers.  That doesn’t make sense.  We must develop systems that support every student’s RIGHT to be responsible for themselves.

Families will seek out schools that…

          Allow ample time for personal relationships between adults and students – as well as between peers.  We know healthy relationships are essential to a quality learning environment.  We must be intentional about creating time and space for relationships.

          And, we must make it a priority to reclaim public school’s role to build community.  History teaches us we are at our best when we find ways to bridge our differences.  Public Schools are one of the places in which we can cross divides and learn from, with and about one another.

If we focus on creating schools with these qualities, I am confident we can deliver on the unprecedented goals we have set for our public schools – to prepare every student for schooling beyond high school and to enable every child to pursue their own potential.

But our schools and teachers can only accomplish so much on their own.  We must choose to support our schools.  Yes, with our wallets.  But, just as important, with our energy, our minds and our hearts.

This is what has made our communities and nation so great:  Our vigilance, indeed, our passion for investing in the next generation.

I am running for school board in honor of those who invested in my generation and because I want to be part of the effort to accelerate our progress toward schools…

          That families want

          Where students can thrive

          And, where teachers are appreciated

Door to Door – Thanks Izzy, Emma, Joe & Grace

October 8, 2007

Thanks to Izzy, Emma, Joe and Grace we were able to touch a lot of houses yesterday going door-to-door.  We walked in northeast Longmont neighborhoods.  This is a part of Longmont in which I have spent little time so it was great to learn more about another area in the district.  I also ran into a few friends from volunteer work in the community, which was fun.  Our favorite house of the day was the one that had a skeleton head sing Soul Man when we rang the door bell.  The door to door team wanted to visit there again.  We wrapped up the day with hot chocalate and Moon Pies.  It was a fun afternoon.

What I Wrote for the Boulder Weekly

October 7, 2007

The Boulder Weekly requested an overview of my campaign platform and background about me.  The request was not very specific.  Here’s what I submitted.

I am bullish on the future of public schools.  We have the opportunity to provide our children with opportunities our parents and grandparents could not have imagined.   To create the opportunities that await our children, there are five critical issues I believe the St. Vrain Valley School District must consider.

    Make learning the constant and time the variable.   Right now it’s the other way around.  All children attend school and classes for the same amount of time.  We all know children learn at different rates.   We need to let students make progress at their own pace.

    Give teachers the time they need to succeed.   Preparing to support children takes more time than it did in the past.  One lesson plan for 30 students is no longer sufficient.  Teachers need time to tailor instruction to the needs of individual students.   Educators call this differentiated learning.

    Retain St. Vrain students in St. Vrain schools.   St. Vrain is behind neighboring school districts in providing education options.  We need high demand schools such as dual-language, Montessori and science or arts focused schools so all families can find a home in our public schools.

    Invest like we’re serious.  We need more money in the system to meet the unprecedented goal of preparing every child for schooling after high school.  St. Vrain must demonstrated lessons learned from past mistakes and we need the community’s support for additional funding.

    Reclaim public school’s role to build community.   An historic role for public schools is to build democratic society by bringing together people of diverse backgrounds.  We are slipping back to the apartheid system of education that existed before Brown v. Board of Education.   We must be intentional about making public schools a place where people of different backgrounds learn with, from and about one another.

I am a parent of children in public schools, active in my children’s school and the district.  My wife Joni and I have been married 18 years and we have children in fifth, third and kindergarten.   I am a business person.  I own my own consulting practice and serve on the board of High Plains Banking Group.   I have 20 years of experience working with public sector organizations.  I have experience in public opinion research, organizational strategy and professional development with public sector leaders.   And, I am passionate about the critical role that public schools play in our democratic society.

Campaign Budget

October 6, 2007

Campaign expense reports are due in one week – on October 12.  My plan is to close down my campaign website after Election Day.  I plan to transfer some of the website content to the blog.  I thought a good place to start would be the campaign budget information.

I also want to take this opportunity to say thanks to all the people who contributed to help out with campaign costs.  This is especially generous since I ended up not having opposition.

Campaign Budget

Expenditures

July 25 – Web Domain                    35.00

July 31 – Website Design & Hosting 99.80

July 31 – Voter History                    50.00

July 31 – Precinct Maps                   10.00

August 6 – Notary Public                   5.00

August 10 – Spanish Translation      35.36

August 12 – Door-to-Door Flyers    140.00 (corrected 10/17)

August 12 – Blogsite Hosting            29.83

August 20 – Ink for Printer               31.93

August 30 – Notary Public                  7.00

August 31 – Spanish Translation       25.00

September 8 – Reception Food        53.99

Cash Contributions

Veronica Sommers – $25

Veronica and her husband Dave D’Epagnier have become family friends over the last few years.  Their children attend Central Elementary and Veronica is instrumental in helping the school create enrichment opportunities for the students.

Dave Eiffert – $25

Our oldest two children are in the same grades at Central Elementary as Dave and Lenise Eiffert’s two children.  Dave and I worked together on Central’s PTO.  Lenise is a fourth grade teacher at Central.  Dave is my campaign treasurer.

Beverly Springer – $50

Beverly and I have worked together on the Longmont Multicultural Task Force Community Involvement Committee.

Karl Spiecker – $50

Karl and his wife Lisa are family friends.  They live in our neighborhood and their three children attend Central Elementary.

Kristin Colon – $25

Kristin and Eric Colon are their boys are another Central family.  Eric also is a member of Central’s PTO.

Nanci Kalamaya – $50

Nanci is a neighbor and a teacher at Central Elementary.  She has brought several innovative programs to our school.

Jody McCain – $20

Jody and her husband Matt are families friends from the neighborhood.  We have children of a similar age.

Debbie Lammers – $50

Debbie is a friend from the 2004 mil-levy override campaign and chair of the Community Bond Review Committee.

John Caldwell – $25

John and I have become friends over the past four years.  I see him as a role model for community service.  He is currently vice-president of the school board.

Bill Sharp – $50

Bill is a local realtor and family friend.  My wife Joni once worked for Bill’s wife Peg.

Teri Pinney – $50

Teri lives in Denver.  She is a former work colleague.  She and I opened and operated a Colorado office for The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation for three years.  Teri then became a program officer for the Piton Foundation and I did consulting work for her.

Gretchen Hammer – $50

Gretchen and I are business partners.  She was the first person to join me at Conocer, my consulting organization.  We have worked together for eight years.

Laurie Zeller – $100

Laurie is on staff at the Bell Policy Center in Denver.  I have had the oportunity to do research for the Bell Policy Center over the past five years.  Over this time, Laurie and I have become friends.

In-Kind Contributions

Heather and Matt Brandt are hosting a party on behalf of the campaign on September 8.

Karen Sekich is hosting a community conversation in the Mead area on September 18.

Debbie Lammers is hosting a community conversation in Niwot on September 21.

Colette Lotter and Veronica Sommers are hosting a community conversation in East Longmont on October 23.