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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Yettem-Seville Community Services DistrictCandidate for Director

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Christopher Kemper

School Superintendent
44 votes (21.46%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I think my education and administrative experiences has given me the ability to work with others to build partnerships to better coordinate community services. To not be able to bring clean, safe drinking water into the homes is failure. Failure is n
  • As a Community Services Director, I would listen to the people in the community and agencies to implement changes to make the effectiveness and efficiency of the services even better than they are today.
  • I would like to be part of a team that will embrace the community and strive to be a part of the future. We will work collegially for ideas to handle challenges and to continue to advance a forward-looking agenda for our community.

Experience

Experience

Profession:School Superintendent
Superintendent/Principal/Teacher, Stone Corral School District (2009–current)

Education

California State Universities at Long Beach, Northridge, and Bakersfield I have a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration., I had a broad study of subjects with a concentration in history and administration. (2008)

Biography

 

Water. We all need it. It is the basis for our lives and our civilization. Clean, affordable, and accessible water is an essential right and privilege.

 

I moved to Seville 10 years ago from a big city. I took water for granted. I turned on the tap and there water was. I knew it was important and useful, but I never realized how precious water was in our lives every day.

 

Seville is small low-income community of about 70-80 homes, which includes one elementary school and a small store located north east of Visalia in Tulare County. Residents have struggled with old and leaky pipes, high levels of nitrate contamination, water shortages, and clogged faucets and showers due to excess sand and rocks.

 

 

 

Most of us in the U.S. take clean, safe drinking water for granted. Turn on the faucet and there it is. In our community, this isn’t always the case. And it has a huge impact on our community-- our families, our children.

 

Our goal: To bring clean water into the homes. State law provides that every Californian has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.

 

 

 

I learned a lot about water from the people from community resources, specifically, Tulare County RMA, Self Help, and Community Water Center. Their help and guidance was so important in framing my concepts of water in a rural area. If not for their help and guidance, our small community would be in dire straits. I also realized how complex bringing clean water to the community was. It required many people from many organizations and agencies to work together to do this important task.

 

The community agencies helped guide our community in providing clean, bottled water for each student (grant). They assisted us in drilling a new well, monitoring the water for safety.

 

They coordinated efforts in working with other agencies to write a grant to find solutions. They found a way to work with another community to find clean water sources, combine resources, drill new wells, and provide a new infrastructure for pipes to come to each house in the community.

 

They also modeled a way for our communities to work together in governance. Most fundamentally, local water boards offer an opportunity for residents’ voices to be heard. In many communities, these boards are the only public, local government accountable to, and led by, residents themselves. Local water boards offer an opportunity to take action — and to make a difference in our community.

 

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