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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Del Mar Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Libby Hellmann

Parent/Volunteer
6,375 votes (29.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Educational Excellence ~ Protect our small class sizes and the exceptional education our teachers deliver. I support safe, effective learning environments based on proven education design principles.
  • Fiscal Responsibility ~ Maintaining a balanced responsible budget with healthy reserves while optimizing funding that creates enriching educational experiences for all students.
  • District Unity & Transparency ~ Increase transparency in the board’s decision making process with the intent of increasing public trust, and encouraging public input. This includes recording all DMUSD Board meetings.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Volunteer/Parent
Secretary, Del Mar Schools Education Foundation — Elected position (2017–2018)
Director, Del Mar Schools Education Foundation — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Partner, Silver Dollar Strategies (2008–2009)
Professional Development Director, National Association of Music Manufacturers (2005–2008)
Director of Operations/ District Director, U. S. House of Representatives (1997–2005)

Education

West Virginia University B.A., Political Science (1997)

Community Activities

Member, Del Mar Foundation (2018–current)
Volunteer, KidsGames (2015–2018)

Biography

As the daughter of a career military officer and nurse, I grew up with a commitment to public service.  I earned a BA in Political Science from WVU, where I served on the Board of Governors, providing student perspective to the University. 

My career began on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer, and spanned policy and management positions in government, non-profit and political sectors.  

My husband, John, and I are long-time residents of San Diego.  Our three children, Patsy, Jack and Andrew, currently attend a DMUSD school. 

I actively volunteer in this district, spending many hours a week in the classroom. I serve on the PTA executive board of Del Mar Hills.  I was elected as an executive board member of the DMSEF, where I was twice honored by the Governing Board for my leadership and service.    

 

I am fully committed to the continued success of the DMUSD.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • David Druker, Deputy Mayor City of Del Mar
  • Ellie Haviland, Del Mar City Council
  • San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention

Elected Officials (1)

  • San Diego Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar

Individuals (1)

  • Ty Humes, Former Del Mar Schools Education Foundation President & Chairman

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe the biggest issue facing the district is balancing a responsible budget with healthy reserves while optimizing funding that creates enriching educational experiences for all students.  As one of about 100 basic aid districts, our funding comes mostly from local property taxes rather than the state.  As a result, DMUSD has more dollars per student, providing highly trained teachers and small class sizes.  However, we dont have the financial safety net of the state to fund retirement and unemployment plans nor to maintain and upgrade our facilities.  We need to build a solid financial plan that ensures educational excellence and projects for the future.  Beyond the benefit to our children, excellent schools help strengthen property values and create a strong sense of community.  

 

From my years working in government, I gained extensive experience in public administration that will enable me to effectively execute the duties of a DMUSD board member.  I understand how to address the rules and regulations made in D.C. and Sacramento that flow down to our district.

My volunteer experiences have provided me with substantial insight into both teachersand studentsneeds at specific school sites as well as the district at large.

If elected, I pledge to promote district unity and transparency. I will bring a collaborative, solution-oriented style to the Board.  I will concentrate on outcomes that represent district-wide priorities when advocating for students, setting goals, and providing direction to the superintendent.  

 

I will work to ensure decisions to spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars are made responsibly.  I believe every student deserves a safe community school with small class sizes.  I will advocate that school improvements are done with the community, not to the community.  I believe that when stakeholders work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.

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