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Los Angeles County, CA November 6, 2007 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Terry L. Ragins

Candidate for
Governing Board Member; Torrance Unified School District

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read this information about me and my candidacy. I appreciate the opportunity to express my views and opinions, AND to hear from you about issues that are important to you.

I want to highlight those aspects that set me apart and make me the best choice for Torrance School Board.

1. First, I am committed to Torrance as a wonderful community in which to raise healthy capable children having lived here the past 20 years, with no plans to move. I live here, vote here, and love it here in Torrance.

I am firmly invested in working to support and improve Torrance School District. I had 2 of my own children in Torrance public schools for 13 years.

My #1 Goal is to promote excellence in our schools and to provide the best possible teachers, materials, and instruction available.

I have actually made good things happen for our Torrance Schools and I will continue to advocate for the children of Torrance...on the school board...or as an active parent. Kids are why I am here!

2. Second, I have worked and will continue to work to bring good things TO Torrance School District, rather than taking away from what the district has to offer and what the district can afford to provide.

My 10,000 hours of volunteer work translates to at least $150,000 worth of service hours that I have donated TO the district. And with my degree in Occupational Therapy, that would translate to over a quarter of a million dollars in professional time. And that is just the volunteer time I have donated. I have sought and received grants, donations, and contributions from community support groups to the district, too!

3. Third, I have become a communicator/liaison between the School Board and the community, and an information source about the functions of the School Board. I am an advocate for students, parents, and community members, seeking their opinions about issues, and encouraging the public to provide feedback to school board members.

I am working hard to improve teacher/parent/school board communication, an important goal of mine.

I take it very seriously that I am serving as a representataive of those who elected me. I have and will continue to work to the benefit of my constituents and consumers!

4. Fourth, I have both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Occupational Therapy, and have been a university instructor. I have expertise about education AND health and mental health issues, as well as disabled and gifted education concerns. My fourth goal is to provide a safe, secure, drug-free campus for all students.

Kids are truly why I am here!

I feel privileged and proud to be a candidate for RE-Election to the TUSD school board and hope that I will have the opportunity to continue to represent you, the residents of Torrance.

Please vote for Terry Ragins for School Board on Nov. 6.

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