2022 Primary Election: Carson City School Board Trustee, District 1 (nonpartisan)

Adam Heinz
Profession: Health executive
Age: 39
Contact details: [email protected], www.Heinz4CarsonSchools.com, Twitter: @Heinz4CCSchools, Facebook: Heinz4CarsonSchools
Adam Heinz

Service register:
This is my first application for public office. I served our community as a volunteer for youth programs with AYSO and Little League, in our emergency department in Carson Tahoe, and for four years as a sworn reserve deputy in the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.

Education:
BA in Psychology and Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno, MBA from Western Governors University.

Briefly describe the main tasks of the position for which you are applying:
Represent the constituency with transparency and integrity to ensure that our children, the future of the community, have the opportunity to learn, grow, feel safe and maximize their potential through collaboration with members of our community , parents, board members, administration, teachers, legislators, and most importantly, our students.

A brief statement about your platform
Like many school board candidates, our intentions are probably similar: to improve our education system for our students. Our schools face many challenges, including a significant lack of funding, campus safety, mental and emotional health, and teacher recruitment and retention. That said, I believe that one of the greatest threats to our current education system is the politicization of issues that ultimately affect our children. I have no aligned interests other than what is best for our students. Common sense solutions for many common sense problems, regardless of political or personal beliefs.


What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?
Born in Carson City, graduated from Carson City Schools and part of a family that lives here in Nevada’s largest city – the people, our community and the quality of life bless us. Proud father of two children, one in first grade, the other starting kindergarten in the fall, I have long been interested in the success of our students. Coming from Carson City Public Schools and the son of a middle-class family, I am one of many examples and a testament to the hard work of our public educators and the opportunity that exists for our students. I believe it is important that people with “skin in the game” have the privilege of representing constituents on our school board. With over two decades of experience in the health care field, as a provider and leader, I believe I have proven myself to be accountable, transparent, compassionate and able to actively listen, all effective qualities of a member from the administration board. . Basically, I really believe: your board of directors. Our community.


Albert Jacques
Occupation: I am the current Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Nevada Department of Transportation
Age: 38
Contact:
(775) 240-8015 or [email protected]

Albert Jacques

Service register:
I never served political office or in the military

Education: High School

Briefly describe the main duties of the position for which you are applying.
I believe the primary duties of a school counselor are to be a champion for the community by ensuring education standards are met and listening to the teachers in my district.

A brief statement about your platform
My platform is to listen to teachers and students in my district. To give a voice to those who may be ignored and unheard. I run because I feel that to make a change, I have to be involved in the change I want to see. Change cannot happen just by listing all the things you think are wrong with our community. Change can only happen in collaboration with my community. Taking the time to work with everyone to help our community grow.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?
I believe I am qualified because of my work in education for over 20 years. I started my career at the Aztec Boys and Girls Club in Aztec, New Mexico. I started there when I was in high school. I quickly realized that working with children and the value of education would be what I wanted to do with my life. I then moved to work at a residential treatment center for adolescents called Halvorson House in Famington, New Mexico. I worked there for 2 years where I managed to help 6 teenagers to graduate. I then moved to Nevada in March 2007 where I started working at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada. I worked there until 2013. While at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, I also participated in the mentorship program where I mentored 3 teenagers while raising my 2 year old son. During this time I also won the Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life Award and received an accommodation award from Senator Harry Reid. I then worked at the Nevada Department of Transportation as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. During my time in two states, I learned how much education means, not just to me, but to the growth of a community. The teachers I know have a remarkable passion for their profession and care for the children in their classes. I want to help teachers in any way I can so they can continue their amazing work. I want to recognize what they are doing because without support they are asked to fight with both hands tied behind their backs. I want to hear what they have to say and do my best to support them because I know their value.

Maria “Lupe” Ramirez
Occupation: Retired (from Western Nevada College)
Age: 55
Contact:
[email protected]
lupe-ramirez.com

Maria “Lupe” Ramirez

Service register:
I worked at Western Nevada College for 32 years
Incumbent, School Trustee, District 1

Education
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, from Western Governor University
Associate of Applied Science, Commerce, Western Nevada College

Briefly describe the main duties of the position for which you are applying.
School Trustee, District 1. Serve on the CCSD Board of Directors. Develop or update district policies, budget overview, work with the superintendent on the district strategic plan, attend required trainings, national conferences, and board meetings scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.


A brief statement about your platform
It was a real honor to serve as a school trustee. I humbly ask for the opportunity to continue to support students, empower parents, and strengthen key partnerships that positively impact our diverse community.
During my second term, I will focus on the following key points:
Leading with Purpose: All students can reach their highest potential with the right support.
Empowering Parents: Improving parent engagement in our schools through teamwork and effective tools.
Strengthen recognition with key stakeholders: Encourage and support recognition of educators, support staff, administrators and local partners to develop stronger relationships for our education system.


What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?
I am a visionary in exploring and developing innovative programs that support student engagement, parent empowerment, and community development. I am committed to helping all students to flourish in their school career.

Jason Stinson
Profession: Currently garbage collector/driver/trainer.
Age: 40 years old
Contact:
775-445-9476
[email protected] (email)
Stinson4carson.com (website)
Stinson Forcarson (on Facebook.)

Jason Stinson

Service register:
My records of service are entirely civilian; I’ve been a worker all my life, I’ve studied; EMT; Expedition 911; commercial communications; Business Mathematics; Car repair ; Body; Automotive workshop management; Psychology; Sign language; Construction; Equipment operator; Master carpenter (pipe fitting); Electric; Management; Drywall; Plumbing; Masonry; Concrete; Train the trainer; Health and wellbeing; A bit of Spanish ; And a lot of first-hand relatives as a father of 6 girls.


Briefly describe the main duties of the position for which you are applying.
Hire and annually evaluate the superintendent, approve the budget; Review and pass the approved program; Above all, communicate with parents, children and teachers, then discuss their problems with other administrators and the superintendent. Hear what the community wants for children and teachers in schools.


A brief statement about your platform
What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

I am a hardworking father of 6 daughters, I never give up or back down from anything, especially immoral things! I love this community and I love helping others! I am a great listener and a very reliable father, husband, son and friend. I want to see every child succeed in life and will strive to ensure that no child is left behind. I want to make sure no CTRs ever enter our schools and remove all sexual orientation and gender identification training from K-5. I will do my best to ensure that all children receive an adequate education and preparation for real life, and are ready to enter the workforce, colleges or universities in Nevada upon graduation.
We need to reevaluate our approach to education and focus on a healthy curriculum for our children, such as; Mathematics, English, sciences and constitution. We need to address school choice and vouchers so that parents choose what they think is best for the educational needs of their children. We need to give parents more control over their children’s education. We need to identify teachers who are struggling and find ways to help them. We must also protect all children in our IEP program. Defend our academic excellence and rebuild where we have failed. My goal is to help make schools in Carson City the highest ranked in the state. Finally, we need to support great teachers in our district and give new teachers a reason to come to Carson City, how do we do that? Re-evaluate teacher compensation packages, review all frivolous spending and cut it. Start funding programs that benefit students more, cut the red tape that keeps teachers from truly helping kids, and provide better opportunities for teachers to grow.

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