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Letter: Hanlon makes his case

I am running for Roaring Fork School District Board, District A. I have committed not to spend any money — either my own or others’ — on my personal campaign so that people can focus on getting the district bond issue, 3B, passed. No ad can tell you who I am or what I have done as well as the people who have worked with me over the years both personally and professionally as a father, volunteer, attorney, nonprofit board member and school board member.

It would be easy to talk about what I would do if elected, but I believe it is more important to look at what I have done. I have made real progress on the issue of affordable and attainable housing for our teachers and staff, initially by making the hard decision to scale back the plans for a multimillion dollar development in Carbondale that was simply unattainable and then focusing the board and staff on smaller-scale projects that we could accomplish.

After that decision I started reaching out to our various communities and local governments to start the conversation about building or acquiring units in each municipality. That hard work has paid off and we will be considering a letter of intent with the Willits developer to acquire 14 units of affordable rental housing if 3B passes.

As a product of a great public education system and a first-generation college graduate, I believe passionately in the idea that we can and must deliver the best education to every student. That means retaining the best and the brightest teachers, administrators and staff. It means listening to what all of our communities want their schools to look and be like. It means being honest and transparent about our strengths and weaknesses. Most of all, it means bringing an optimistic pragmatism to bear so that we stop talking and start doing.

Each one of us is a passionate, involved parent. In today’s world you expect an elected official to bring more to the table than just passion — you expect them to have the experience, knowledge, insight and proven leadership to help move us into the future.

Thank you for your support, and please support 3B.

Karl Hanlon

Roaring Fork school board member and candidate, District A

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