This spring election season features a full slate of candiates running for positions on the Carroll County Board of Education. Muri Dueppen stands out among a full field. Muri brings a wide variety of outside experience, from education, nonprofit marketing, and management, that is desparately needed on our current BOE. Over the last several years, Muri has been involved in local political and grassroots movements within Carroll County, from managing campaigns to serving on the VOCAL Steering Committee, which advocates for moral and just principles, policies, and officials in local government. She has been recognized through her endorsment by the Carroll County Times and the Carroll County Education Association. She is exactly what we need on the BOE: A good critical thinker who takes a reasonable approach to working with everyone, even though views may differ. I have been following Muri's campagin on social media, and she has visited almost every school in the county to talk to teachers and administration and students; she listens to their concerns and addreses their questions. She is involved and 100 percent invested in the continued success and improvement of CCPS. Muri is a lifelong learner, who will fight for our public schools and communtiy advocacy. She will ensure that students remain the top priority in making decisions. She believes that great schools are rigorous, innovating, and effective, but they also provide a safe and supportive environment for learning where all voices can be heard. Students must always come first. When you head to the polls for early voting, or on June 26 for Primary Election Day, please cast your vote for Muri Dueppen and vote in a positive future for CCPS.