Liana Lee Announces Write-In Candidacy for Big Walnut Board of Education

Using the tag line Dedicated, Involved, Informed, Qualified, Liana Lee kicked off her campaign as a Write-In Candidate for the Big Walnut Board of Education.

Lee is a 10-year-resident of the Big Walnut School District who has been a dedicated community volunteer since her son began kindergarten at Harrison Street Elementary nine years ago.

She served as Vice President of the Harrison Street PTO, President of the General Rosecrans Elementary PTO, and Secretary of the Big Walnut Intermediate School PTO.

Additionally, Lee served as a member of The Community Library’s Board of Directors since 2012. She was the chairperson for the successful 2009 Community Library Levy campaign and for the 2015 Big Walnut Schools Levy. She also chaired the district’s bond campaign effort last year.

Lee said these campaigns have provided her with a solid foundation for understanding school financing for operations and construction. She has also stayed informed of the issues facing Big Walnut schools by attending almost every School Board meeting for the past four years.

When asked why she is running for School Board, Lee responded, “I have a very personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of our schools.

Our son has five more years at Big Walnut, and I want to insure that he, along with every other child in our district, has an opportunity for an education that prepares them for their future; whether that is college, a career, or a trade. I believe I can work well with the other Board members, school administration, teachers, and the community to implement the Board’s vision of continued excellence for our schools.”

Lee considered running for a seat on the board in a more traditional manner; with her name on the ballot.

“Our current Big Walnut Board of Education members work well together.

I knew that three board members would be up for re-election this November. After talking to those board members, all of them indicated that they were running again, so I didn’t file to be on the ballot,” Lee said.

In late August, Lee learned that because of an unfortunate paperwork error, one of the current school board member’s names will not appear on the ballot.

“When I found out about this it was too late to file to have my name appear on the ballot. So I now find myself running as a write-in candidate,” she said.

In addition to her community service, Lee’s qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with a double major in Economics and Communication from The Ohio State University. After graduation, she served as the Director of Public Relations for The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and then as Chief of the Division of Markets for the Ohio Department of Agriculture overseeing international and domestic trade as well as the Ohio Proud Program. Lee has been married for 20 years to her husband, Dave, and their son is an eighth grader at Big Walnut Middle School.

To learn more about Lee’s campaign follow her on Facebook at Liana Lee for Big Walnut School Board.

Subject: Write-In Liana Lee for Big Walnut School Board

Friends and Neighbors, My name is Liana Lee and I am running as a write-in candidate for the Big Walnut Board of Education on November 7. If you are receiving this email, it is because we have worked together on a PTO or Community Library committee, a bond/levy campaign, or my husband, Dave, has coached your child in soccer or basketball over the years. I am hoping I can count on your support in my run for a seat on the Big Walnut Board of Education.

Why I’m running

I have a very personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of our schools. Our son, Christopher, has five more years at Big Walnut, and I want to insure that he, along with every other child in our district, has an opportunity for an education that prepares them for their future; whether that is college, a career, or a trade. I believe I can work well with the other Board members, school administration, teachers, and the community to implement the Board’s vision of continued excellence for our schools.

Why I’m running as a write-in candidate

Our Big Walnut Board of Education is currently made up of a great group of community members who work well together. As I considered running for a seat on the board, I knew that three board members would be up for re-election this November. After talking to those board members, all of them indicated that they were running again, so I didn’t file to be on the ballot. However, because of an unfortunate paperwork error, one of the current school board member’s names will not appear on the ballot. When I learned about this it was too late to file to have my name appear on the ballot. In addition, I learned that a non-board member whose name is on the November ballot has expressed opinions that are contrary to what I believe and I felt that the voters needed another option. So, now I find myself in the situation of running as a write-in candidate.

Why I’m qualified

I have been dedicated to and involved in the Big Walnut schools and community since our family moved to the district 10 years ago. I have been a classroom volunteer and held positions on the executive boards of the PTOs at Harrison Street, GRE and BWIS. I’ve served as a member of The Community Library’s Board of Directors since 2012. I was the chairperson for the successful 2009 Community Library Levy campaign and for the 2015 Big Walnut Schools Levy. I also chaired the district’s bond campaign effort last year. These campaign efforts have provided a solid foundation for understanding school financing for operations and construction. I have kept myself informed of the issues facing our schools by attending almost every School Board meeting for the past four years. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with a double major in Economics and Communication from The Ohio State University. After graduation, I served as the Director of Public Relations for The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and then as Chief of the Division of Markets for the Ohio Department of Agriculture overseeing international and domestic trade as well as the Ohio Proud Program. My background makes me uniquely qualified to serve as member of the Big Walnut Board of Education.

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