Dear Editor, 

I’m writing in support of Richard Rykhus, candidate for the Evanston-Skokie District 65 School Board. I have had many opportunities to speak with Richard during the course of this election cycle and believe that he has a solid vision for school governence. 

At coffees and community forums that I have attended, Richard has consistently shown himself to be a qualified, intelligent and passionate candidate who truly understands the needs of the District in these difficult economic times. I believe that Richard has a solid plan for addressing the District’s challenges without sacrificing excellence and will help bring greater accountability and openness to the school board. 

Not surprisingly, Richard’s resume reflects his training both in education and in business. He has a master’s degree from Northwestern University in education and social policy, as well as bachelor’s degrees in business and Spanish. Since 2002, Richard has been the Director of Strategic Learning at Grant Thornton LLP, where he focuses on learning and performance initiatives.

The District, and the City, have already benefited from Richard’s involvement with the Citizens for Appropriate Special Education (CASE) advocacy group for children with special needs and his tenure as the executive director and board member of GLSEN Chicago, a group that works to create safe schools for high school students and teachers. Joining the School Board is the next logical step for this dedicated Evanstonian.

Please join me on April 5 and elect Richard Rykhus to the District 65 Board.

For additional information about his vision or general voter information, please visit


Mark Tendam
Alderman, Evanston 6th Ward