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The Kalona News
Kalona, Iowa

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The Kalona News

August 15, 2018 Emily Uhl
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Age: 34

Hometown: Kalona

Family: Husband, Adam Uhl, and daughter, Harper Uhl, 8.

Why are you running for school board?

I was inspired to run in 2017 – and again this year – after attending dozens of meetings and designing/administrating/reporting out the Hawk Talk Survey.

I quickly saw how our board and administration are incredibly passionate and driven to see our kids excel.

However, I do believe it is healthy to embrace change and think outside the box, which is hard to accomplish without new candidates. It’s incredibly important to me that we have a board full of diverse opinions and backgrounds to tackle issues from an overall wider perspective.

What do you think qualifies you to serve on the school board?

I bring a unique skill set to this position, having worked in educational research and higher education for the past eight years.

I take pride in my ability to work collaboratively to find creative solutions – I’m not one to put my personal opinions over the district’s needs.

What do you hope to accomplish on the board?

I want to leave each school board meeting feeling that I’ve given my all to the topic(s) at hand.

For me, this means properly researching each topic – not only through my eyes, but learning the opinions and experiences of our students, our administration and our community members.

What would you say to an undecided voter to convince them to vote for you?

At the heart of all this, I just want our children and teachers to be safe, happy and well-educated.

It concerns me when it feels that personal agendas could be clouding important decision-making moments.

I admire Mr. Billups’ commitment to the district and his past board experience, but I believe I have a clearer and more objective perspective on several key issues.

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