Letters to the Editor

Staiger seeks Columbia District School Board seat as write-in
I’m running for the Fluvanna County School Board as a write-in candidate from the Columbia District because I want to become a voice for encouraging children, and for bringing the schools and the community together. As a Fluvanna native, I graduated from Fluvanna High School and live on part of our old family farm in the Columbia voting district. I am a retired orthopedic surgeon and now a professional artist.

In June, I had originally been certified by the Virginia Department of Elections as a candidate for the School Board seat. Later, on Aug. 28, elections officials determined that I had filed the financial disclosure form rather than the statement of economic interest form, a fact they failed to notice when they certified that I had met all conditions to be a candidate in June. Extensions are given to candidates in June when a file is incomplete, but my candidacy file was not flagged as being incomplete. When the matter was brought to my attention Aug. 28, I submitted the correct, and very similar, form within hours. The State Board of Elections did not grant me an appeal on Sept. 8, deciding it was too late in the election cycle. Consequently, I am choosing to run as a write-in candidate.

Despite the bureaucratic setback, I’m determined to go ahead with a write-in campaign because the future of the kids in Fluvanna – as well as the taxpayers – is too important for me to go down without a fight. I’ve spent a lot of years in this county and I want to see it grow and improve; a school is an investment in people and the future of a community, just like fertilizer or a tractor is an investment for a farm. Please look at my website (www.staigerforschools.com) for information about the experience I offer the Fluvanna school system and my Facebook page (StaigerForSchools) to see the work I have been doing to fully understand the issues of the Fluvanna school system and the viewpoints of Columbia citizens.

I respectfully ask for your vote as a write-In candidate for School Board in the Columbia district on Nov. 7.

Linda Staiger

Write in Staiger for School Board
I strongly encourage you to write in Linda Staiger as candidate for School Board from the  Columbia District.  Linda is an educated professional with a long family history in Fluvanna County. Her commitment to excellence is unmatched. She advocates for all the children of the county and does not cater to special interests that seek to drain our schools of needed resources. Linda Staiger is a tireless worker sending out connections to all in our district and county. Linda is indeed an exceptional person and an asset to our county.

A strong, healthy school system is the foundation of a healthy community and nation. Without a good and proper education, our students will languish in poverty and lack of will. As a member of the School Board, Linda Staiger will ensure that needed programs will continue and strengthen. She has assessed the needs of our students. Linda Staiger will advocate for programs that will enhance the future success of our students, whether they continue on to college or proceed into the work force. She will listen to the voices of our district and take into account our concerns. Linda Staiger is a force for reason and integrity.

I hope our residents will put aside politics and affiliations to elect this superb candidate. The School Board is no place for decisions based on partisan politics. Our School Board needs qualified members like Linda Staiger with the education, drive and strength to lead our schools in the pursuit of excellence.

Curtis L. Putnam
Columbia District

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