This letter originally appeared in the Statesman Journal.

As a past mayor of Salem with children and grandchildren living in this community, I know we need to improve our school system. When changes need to occur, I choose the very best person for the job.

For Salem-Keizer schools, this would absolutely be Dr. Kathy Goss. She has a history of experience in so many areas: teacher, counselor, administrator and even as superintendent of schools. Not every board member needs these credentials, but at least one candidate needs to have actually worked in schools.

That’s just a fraction of what she has accomplished. She has operated a large Oregon corporation, owned an appraisal business with her husband and served on and been president of many boards in our community, both private, city of Salem and state-wide.

The most important thing is that she understands it’s all about the kids and their opportunity to become citizens of this great country.

Please mark your ballot for the best person for the job: Kathy Goss.

Kent Aldrich

Salem