Letter: Edwards has experience, commitment to education

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Teachers and parents like me are excited to have the chance to vote for Amanda Edwards to county [Board of Commissioners] for District 2.

Amanda has abundant experience and professional experience advocating for education. Amanda will be an informed leader in education who will direct the commission to offer meaningful support to our schools.

Amanda is the daughter of a kindergarten teacher and the niece of many aunts who were schoolteachers. But Amanda wasn’t just born into a family of teachers. She chose to marry a math teacher, Derek Edwards, who is now an elementary school principal. They are raising a son who is in middle school. All this means that Amanda sees our public schools from several perspectives and can relate to many points of view.

Education is also key to Amanda’s community service. Amanda is a longtime advocate for high-quality early childhood education, especially through her service on the Child Welfare League board. And Amanda has dedicated much of her career to education for children and adults in Buncombe County.

Amanda expanded literacy, basic skills and ESOL programs at the Literacy Council as its executive director. She connected with the community to create needed programs for at-risk youths and immigrants. Amanda knows how to provide good, needed services on a tight budget, and she is accountable.

Amanda is now the executive director of the A-B Tech Foundation. Her job is to build relationships, competently manage a budget and staff, and deliver scholarships. Those scholarships go to people seeking better jobs through college degrees and specialized training.

Amanda Edwards is hands-down the candidate with the greatest depth of experience and commitment to education. Please vote for Amanda for District 2 in the May 8 Democratic primary.

— Dietra Garden

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One thought on “Letter: Edwards has experience, commitment to education

  1. Enlightened Enigma

    does she support modern school system consolidation for the children, diversity and tax SAVINGS instead of the antiquated dual systems that lacks full diversity ?

    everyone should ask her about supporting school consolidation … ask all of them why not ? ? ?

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