Supporting Valentine

To all eligible Newton Voters — I ask you to consider voting for Kathy Valentine for the Newton City Commission.  I have found Mrs. Valentine to be responsive and accessible to concerns voiced regarding various City issues.  I feel credible in making this request as my husband and I grew up in Newton and own real estate there.  I am somewhat familiar with the inner workings of the City as I completed an unpaid internship with the City Manager’s Office for my degree from ASU, worked for the City of Newton, and have attended City Commission meetings.  Kathy has demonstrated rational reasoning, intelligence and compassion during meetings of the City Commission.  She remains calm and collected, yet concerned, during heated budget sessions.  I encourage Newton’s citizens to attend some of these City Commission meetings if you want to see what decisions are being made for Newton. If you so desire, you will have the opportunity to participate and have your voice heard.  The City of Newton has experienced much upheaval in its city management over the last couple of years.  It is now time for a calm, steady management approach to improve the City’s overall image and financial position.  A final point to consider is that there has been much controversy regarding the last presidential election, but the decisions made by Newton’s City Commission have a more significant direct impact on your day-to-day lives. In conclusion, I urge you to retain Kathy Valentine on Newton’s City Commission.

— Vivian Spencer, Newton.


Support for Morton


I am delighted to endorse Mallory Morton for USD 373 Board of Education.


In my role as president of the Newton Education Association, I visit regularly with teachers about their concerns and hopes for our district.  From my extensive conversations with Mallory, it is clear that Mallory’s vision for our district aligns with the teachers’ vision of a strong, successful school district.  


Mallory impressed her fellow team members on the Community Vision Team with her dedication to hearing all sides of an issue and her willingness to seek out answers, including setting up her own visits with the building principals and staff.  Through this process, Mallory came to believe that it is time for change at USD 373.  Rather than listening only to district administration, Mallory also seeks out information from teachers and parents, from community members, and from the Kansas Department of Education.  Decisions that affect our children’s lives often cannot be reduced to a simple math problem; Mallory Morton understands that true leaders consider all factors in addition to the finances.


Mallory wants to be a voice for our students, parents, teachers, and community members.  Newton teachers believe Mallory will be that strong voice, and that’s why we are proud to endorse Mallory Morton for the Newton Board of Education. 


I ask you to join me in voting for Mallory Morton on Nov. 7.


— Cathlina Bergman, president, Newton Education Association