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Candidate Viewpoint: Michael Edman

By MIchael Edman

When my wife and I started our family we decided to settle in Cottage Grove in large part because of the reputation of the schools in the area. It is extremely important to me that the good schools that enticed my family to move to this area remain strong as my kids begin school. While a school board member with older kids, no kids or grown kids can certainly make quality and informed decisions about our schools, I think it is vital that we have board members at the table who have a personal investment in the long-term success of the decisions the board makes and who can bring fresh thought leadership to the board. I feel I am such a candidate.

A board member’s fiduciary duty is to the community who elected them. A board member must effectively meet that duty while looking out for the best interests of the children in our schools. Citizens should expect their board members to be able to manage their duty to them and the students (most of whom are not old enough to vote yet). I have the experience to strike that balance and make hard decisions that are in the best interests of the school and the community for the long term.

I am a practicing attorney. I went to public schools as a child and attended the University of Minnesota. I serve on the city of Cottage Grove’s Public Works Commission and the Charter Commission. I am also a member of the Washington County Community Corrections Board.  For the past three years I have served on the board of a nonprofit that creates permanency options for traumatized children. My service on this board has given me invaluable experience serving with a very diverse board, and to understand how to analyze short-term versus long-term strategic decisions. Being able to draw on these experiences as well as my legal knowledge will be a valuable asset if I am elected to serve on your school board.

Regardless of whom you support, please remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.