As a mother, I have been caring for, loving, and making sure my children’s needs are met for the last 18 years. As a school board member, I have been listening to and advocating for student interests for the last 8 years. Our children are our most important priority, students are our future. It is heartbreaking students must speak out for their safety and about their fears. It is inspiring that they are using their voices to do so. As a community leader, I have and always will, prioritize student safety and listen to their voices! I not only empathize with this cause, I live this cause as I am a mother of three students who have only known this post-columbine era where school shootings are a reality. It is time to send a mom to represent Central Oregon’s voice in our State House of Representatives!