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Editor:

I am writing to ask you to vote for my friend and neighbor, Candance Chow, who is running for a seat on the District 65 school board. Candance has more than 20 years of professional experience in business and nonprofits. She has helped public and private sector clients improve their performance, launch new programs and products and also established many strategic relationships with other businesses. 

Candance earned her master’s degree in business administration at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she majored in management strategy and marketing.

At Kingsley School, where her two daughters are students, Candance has served as PTA president. She launched the Kingsley Wellness Initiative to help children learn about health and nutrition through food tastings, lunchtime yoga and outdoor games. She also worked with teachers and staff to launch the Girls on the Run Program. She was one of the founding members of C.O.P.E. — Caring Outreach by Parents inEvanston – which provided support for needy families.

Most important, Candance is dedicated to building community and advancing education in Evanston. She is committed to helping all of our kids build meaningful, satisfying and rewarding lives at all achievement levels in District 65. I believe these skills and experience will help Candance serve our schools, which are facing unprecedented budget pressures and calls from parents for a more rigorous curriculum. The District also faces the challenge of creating a new teacher evaluation system. I urge you to go to the polls and vote for Candance Chow on election day, which is April 9. 

Nancy Traver