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Open Letter To All Bend-La Pine Voters

Updated: May 16

Common Sense Candidates For Improving Education and Advocating For All Families.



WE KNOW that politics is a dirty game and we’re not going to play it. Unfortunately, we knew that some of those who seek to preserve or gain positions of power would twist our campaign issues and our messages to suit their purposes—to attack and beat us. And shockingly, the smear started sooner than we thought. Last month, in a rallying cry to her supporters, the current school board chair Carrie Douglass decided to doxx Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer, publicly posting photos of her home and family online, fostering resentment and also promoting false information about her candidacy, simply because she wanted to damage her rival, not on policies but on a personal level. Douglass deleted it, but we had the screenshots. Maria filed a formal complaint earlier this week.


On April 21, WeWinStrategyGroup, in collusion with SCOPAC, a political fundraising and social justice activism group also controlled by Carrie Douglass, sent an email to untold numbers of supporters describing our entire slate as “founders of a local anti-science, anti-equity, anti-choice, anti-union, anti-mask, pro-gun conservative Facebook group.” Entirely untrue. And they wonder why we didn’t show up to a “nonpartisan” forum with Carrie and her chosen running mates to attack us. It’s a charade. There was nothing for us to gain by arguing with our political opponents in a setting intended to create headlines for their purposes. Instead, we decided to take our message straight to the voters: The hardworking parents who don’t have time for City Club meetings and watching lengthy online interviews. We posted our campaign Priorities for all to see online. We expect to be held accountable to those. We also shared our videos for all to see.


As a political strategy, our opponents and their surrogates have tried to define, diminish and discredit us; they mischaracterize our views and misrepresent our words. We believe that informed voters will know better. And we won’t waste further time talking about their shortcomings, but instead tell voters more about us and what inspires our campaign.


We are pro-learning and pro-teacher. We are pro-student and pro-family. We are pro-science and recognize that all experts must be evaluated, not cherry-picked to justify public policy. We also believe that everyone should have choices.


We are fully for equality and believe in the inherent value of each individual. We don’t discriminate. We don’t judge or measure people by what they are, but rather by who they are. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. profoundly observed, we also believe that people should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”


Since those inspirational words and the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we don’t believe race relations have gotten worse in America. In fact, we are thrilled by the significant gains that have been made by every race, religion, and gender across every category of American culture and industry. No other country can boast this achievement which is why we remain the beacon for millions of immigrants who desire to come here.


We see beauty and potential in all lives—especially our children, as those who will inherit the world and continue to build the future.


We know that various disadvantages — poverty, physical abuse, broken families, mental health, or disability — come in all shapes, colors and sizes. We don’t believe it’s constructive or productive to tell kids that they are in any way hated or hindered by their race, religion or sexuality. We also don’t believe it’s the role of schools to define these personal traits for them as individuals — that job is for parenting. Let’s put that power back in their hands.


Ad astra per aspera


We want all children, students and young adults to dream big and reach for the stars, for that is the American way— to believe anything is possible, to overcome hardships and be resilient, and to focus on and grow their personal strengths, not their falsely perceived (and politically-conceived) weaknesses.


We want all children, students and young adults to dream big and reach for the stars, for that is the American way— to believe anything is possible, to overcome hardships and be resilient, and to focus on and grow their personal strengths, not their falsely perceived (and politically-conceived) weaknesses.

We believe that true diversity — of talents, ideas, opinions, backgrounds and ambitions — are what will make us stronger and more successful — within our schools and our nation.


e pluribus unum


Then, as now, from many one.

Knowledge is power.

History is instructive.

And it all starts in the classroom.


We hope to earn your votes on May 18!


Sincerely,


Wendy Imel (Zone 2)


Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer (Zone 1)


Jon Haffner (Zone 7)


Gregg Henton (Zone 4)


Candidates for Bend-La Pine Schools Board 2021


Related: See our videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKv3ayKmo-10DunFN9YA3Ng Read our priorities: https://www.schoolboard2021.com/priorities



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