Voters in the Piñon district have a choice that one wishes every voter would always have, namely, two excellent candidates. I have had the pleasure to work with Jim Hall and Ellen Ben-Naim. They are both dedicated public servants who care deeply about our students, teachers, and schools.
If I were eligible to vote, I’d give my nod to Jim Hall. Jim has a remarkable set of experiences from leading business computing at the Lab to serving as the State Chief Information Officer, to serving as a County Councilor, our State Representative, and President of the School Board. Jim is also a successful businessman and property developer, who serves on the Board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. He understands budgets and information technology from both a private and public sector perspective. His breadth of knowledge is an invaluable asset for governing our schools, especially in times of resource constraints and changing needs for our students and teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
I know he is always thinking about how to create an environment that builds resilient students, a critical factor for future success. Jim always puts students and teachers first. For example, I observed him working with Stephanie Garcia Richard and Kurt Steinhaus on legislation to pilot better approaches to teacher evaluations. That’s the kind of leadership I’d like to see remain on the school board.