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Letter to the Editor: In Support of KDTC Candidates for Board of Education

The views stated here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the editors of this newspaper. We welcome supporting or opposing views on any published item. Received September 13, 2023. 

The Regional School District 17 Board of Education demands a great deal of time, work and commitment. We often have big decisions to make which come with the pressure of their effect on our district’s children and our community’s wallets. It is crucial that we have a well-functioning Board with committed members. All three Killingworth Democratic Town Committee (KDTC)-endorsed candidates have my full support because they bring that to the table.

Board Chair Suzanne Sack is up for re-election, and her record of dedication and hard work speaks for itself. It is not an exaggeration to say that our Board could not run the same way without Suzanne. I have yet to see someone as committed to a volunteer position as she is. Suzanne brings knowledge and experience to the Board that are crucial to its running effectively and efficiently.

As the principal of Vinal Technical High School and parent of young children, Board member Nelson Rivera has a unique understanding of the needs of schools in our changing world. He brings an educated and rational perspective to every discussion and is a vital member of the current Board. It will greatly benefit our district and community to reelect Nelson this November.

Jen Voegtli is running as a new member of the BOE and will be a fantastic asset. She is an active community member and parent of two children in the school system. As a trained scientist, she has a pragmatic approach to problem solving and will bring a fresh perspective to the Board. Jen brings an intense dedication to everything she does.

Suzanne Sack, Nelson Rivera, and Jen Voegtli all have my support for the available Killingworth seats on RSD17 Board of Education, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.

Lisa Connelly, Killingworth

Lisa Connelly is a member of the RSD 17 Board of Education.


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