Name: Laura A. Cole
City of Residence: Granite City
Family status: Married
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Education: B.A. Political Science; M.A. International Relations, J.D., Washington University
Political party: Not provided
Office sought: Granite City School Board Member
Campaign Facebook account: lauracoleforschoolboard
Campaign e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Previously held offices: Not provided
What qualifies you for this position?
“I am a lifelong resident of Granite City with three children attending school in the district. As a practicing attorney, I have experience negotiating between multiple parties with different goals and viewpoints. To keep Granite strong and a wonderful place for kids to grow up, we must do everything we can to keep the schools strong and give every child the opportunity to excel in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities that inspire and challenge them. I believe that I can bring a fresh look to the challenges facing the district and think outside the box to solve problems.”
What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?
“The key issue in our school district is how to preserve the academic curriculum and extracurricular activities with the financial situation the district faces due to the State of Illinois shorting the district millions of dollars a year. The challenge is to maintain a strong school system that everyone in Granite can be proud of. Strong schools = strong community.”