Kids Voting: District C candidate

Special to the Daily

Students and adults have only one day until Election Day. Voters will be voting on School Board members and term limits for Mesa County district attorney, sheriff and coroner.

One of the school board candidates is Harry Butler. He is running unopposed in District C.

Butler is vice president of the Mesa County District 51 Board of Education.  He has served four years in this unpaid position but does not mind.

“I like to volunteer,” said Butler.  “I believe students are an important part of our culture and future, and I want to be part of that.”

Butler thinks Grand Junction has “great schools,” and it is a “great area to grow up in.”

Serving on the Board of Education requires Butler to make tough decisions. Butler hopes not to have to make budget cuts for the schools.

“As far as money goes, we will have to do with what we have.”

Another tough challenge for Butler “is really trying to convince our district that we need more schools, more room for students.”

Butler also hopes there will be better test scores by students and that students can learn at their own pace to prepare them for the future.

Butler does not want to test just for the sake of taking tests. “Standardized tests do not tell the true quality of our students,” said Butler.

Butler has also volunteered as a member of the Kids Voting Mesa County board. He has been on the board for four years.

Butler believes Kids Voting is a place where young people can vote on the same issues that adults are voting on.

“When kids vote, they also encourage their parents to vote,” he said.

Students can vote online until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Adult mail-in ballots must be in the possession of the Elections Office by 7 p.m. or adult ballots can be dropped off at the following places:

— Fruita Civic Center, motor vehicle office.

— Mesa Mall, motor vehicle office.

— Peachtree Shopping Center, motor vehicle office.

— Orchard Mesa Fairgrounds, Motor vehicle office.

— Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood.

Summer Diedrich is an eighth-grader at Mount Garfield Middle School who is reporting on election issues for The Daily Sentinel in conjunction with Kids Voting of Mesa County.


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