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Support Redmond recreation center

As a 20-year Central Oregon resident who moved from Alaska when Redmond had about 7,000 residents, I wholeheartedly support measures 9-126 and 9-127 for the new recreation center. One reason: Since we have lived here, the district has grown to over 40,000 citizens, and the same 40-year old recreation facility/pool building has not changed.

The Redmond Area Park and Recreation District is NOT the City of Redmond. It is an independent agency that is run for and by Redmond residents. It does not buy or maintain park lands in the City, like the dog park or Juniper Golf Course. The City of Redmond government is responsible for these. RAPRD does offer indoor recreation and outdoor sports leagues, swimming lessons, yoga, art, cooking, coding and exercise classes, and many programs for senior citizens, families and children to learn, play and get together.

With more unhealthy distractions pulling at our kids and community, we need to provide better options for everyone. Maybe this is why the Redmond Police Officers Association, the Redmond Chamber of Commerce and thousands more from all walks of life support these measures.

Redmond does not have a bowling alley or indoor sports fields. We don’t even have a community-based full-sized indoor basketball court. The new rec center will have two courts (for pickleball and volleyball, too), a walking track, community activity rooms, warmer pool and more.

We need and deserve this public place to better our town. I am voting yes on 9-126 and 9-127.

Ken Streater

Redmond

Vote for Montgomery for Bend schools

Shimiko Montgomery is a tireless community leader with only one “special interest” at the heart of her campaign: our students.

I know Shimiko through her work as the pastor for Justice and Mission for First Presbyterian Bend and as a weekly volunteer in the school where I teach.

She is dedicated, organized, warm and thoughtful. One look at her resume, and it is clear she has dedicated her life to being fully immersed in her community and continually seeks out ways to be of service. It is only fitting for her to serve Bend as a member of its school board.

She will prioritize the social-emotional needs of our students, and the causes of the achievement gap that exists in our schools.

For these reasons, and more, I have cast my ballot for Shimiko for Bend-La Pine School Board, Zone 3.

Marieka Greene

Bend

Elect Skidmore to Bend school board

I’m a parent of two students in Bend-La Pine Schools for 10 years, a small business owner and have a background working with at-risk youth, and I’m urging you to vote for Caroline Skidmore for Bend-La Pine School Board, Zone 1, because she is the best candidate for the job.

I met Caroline while volunteering and over the years have been nothing but amazed and inspired by her steadfast dedication to the well-being of all children and families in our community.

Whether through her professional work, or through board positions such as the Bend-La Pine Gun Safety Coalition and Central Oregon Disability Support Network, her commitment and passion for empowering our schools to emphasize kindness, inclusivity and equality is unwavering.

Caroline will advocate for appropriate funding to reduce class size, and has specific policy ideas on how to prioritize school safety, with the Bend Education Association and the Oregon Education Association endorsing her candidacy.

Please join me in supporting strong leadership and vision for our schools and vote for Caroline Skidmore.

Darcy Buckley

Bend

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