As we wrap up this year, getting ready to celebrate the holidays in November and December, we know that the 2016 election will be here before we know it.
While the national spotlight is on the Presidential race, please don't lose sight of the local issues that will need your vote as well.
On May 17th, you will vote on the bills the legislature passed and the Governor signed to settle the lawsuit regarding past funding due our schools. You may already be seeing the Governor's ads airing to support changing the constitution to pay for this proposal. It will be up you, as the voter, to approve the way we fund schools for the next 10 years.
Then later in the fall, you will determine who your LD 17 representatives will be. While the vote you cast in May will only help K-12 school students, higher education funding that was reduced last year is still to be addressed by the Legislature. Who you send to the State House and Senate will make a difference in that discussion going forward.
So as a New Year's resolution, I encourage you to be informed on these issues and those seeking to represent you. Come to a meeting of the LD 17 Democrats to hear speakers and candidates on education funding as well as others. The meeting is free, the information valuable, and your vote is priceless!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Alley Ralley Re-Cap
The third annual Alley Rally was a tremendous success thanks to Tom Amrhein and Rob Kroeger's remarkable organizational skills. Six lanes of bowlers participated in the competition, which had spectators on the edge of their seats until the very end. A team from LD 17 beat our friends from LD 18 by a mere six pins!
The event was considered a fruitful fundraiser: $1422.61 was cleared, which is more than double what was raised last year! The silent auction brought in $321, as compared to $194 the previous year.
Thank you to all who made donations, participated in the bowling tournament, and supported the LD's efforts in the annual fundraising event.