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Teachers choose election sign. Photo by Carly Winchell

We emailed all of the Buena Vista School Board candidates six questions on Wednesday, October 25 with a request to respond by 12:00 noon on Monday, October 30. Ark Valley Voice received responses from candidates Casey Martin, Paula Dylan, and Mallory Brooks.

On October 30, we published Part I of the candidates’ answers.

For the final question, we turned it around to find out what questions the candidates might have for the people they’re hoping to serve:

What question or questions do you have for the school district’s constituents?

Casey Martin:

“I would pose this question to constituents, ‘How important is it to you that our public school district remains the best education option for our young people?’

In my humble opinion, our public school system should be the pride of our community and the envy of surrounding communities.  We should be competing for enrollment with other available education options and winning.”

Paula Dylan:

My main question I hope to always keep in the forefront is, ‘What can the School Board do to help?’

If I am lucky enough to be elected, this question will expand to specifics on different issues and questions the board is grappling with. Input from the community, the students, teachers, staff, building administration, district administration, and families will be important on a lot of the bigger items the board grapples with. The board represents the entire community, and communication with the community we represent will be key to being successful.”

Mallory Brooks:

“First of all, know that every one of these candidates is capable, hard working, and keeping the students’ best interests at heart.  Good people are going to fill these important roles, no matter how the election goes.

My questions to the community would simply be ‘What can you offer? In which areas could you provide expertise?’

It truly takes a village (and a very strong community like we have in BV) to build up individuals who feel confident and prepared to take on the world. My hope is that the community can find ways to be part of this fantastic team.”

In addition to responding to the questions, Brooks wrote, “I would be remiss if I didn’t add to this that each one of these candidates is fantastic. Although the weeks leading up to the election have appeared divisive or contentious, I can tell you that from where I stand, each one of these candidates appears to truly be committed to working hard to bring the highest quality of education to the kids of this community.”

Brett 4 Kids yard sign. Photo by Carly Winchell.

Learn More

All the candidates recently answered questions at the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County (LWVCC) candidate forum. If you are interested in learning more about their positions, their answers to the lightning round questions are covered in Part I and Part II of AVV‘s coverage of that event.

LWVCC also has a video on their website of the forum, which can be viewed here.

Engaged Elections

If you have a question you would like Ark Valley Voice to ask the candidates,  or wish to answer the candidates’ questions above,  or simply a question about the election or voting process, email your question to and we will work to find the answers for you.

The election is coming up fast. Election day is officially November 7. Ballots must be dropped off or voters must be in line to vote by 7:00 p.m. that day.