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Hello, It’s official! I am a pre-filed candidate for Okaloosa County School Board District 5! I live in Niceville and will be running against incumbent, Howard Hill. http://www.govote-okaloosa.com/OfficeCandidate.aspx?eid=35&oid=70&cid=708 If you are an Okaloosa County registered voter, I NEED YOUR HELP! 1300 petition signatures are required by May 17th to put my name on the ballot. If you sign a petition, you ARE NOT endorsing me as a candidate, required to vote for me, or obligated to make a campaign contribution. Please complete and sign the petition form. Help spread the word and obtain more petition signatures! Contact me for additional petition forms. Email: melissathrush@gmail.com Phone: 850-259-4419 or on Facebook The School Board seat is a non-partisan, county wide election held in Nov. 2010. Any registered Okaloosa County voter is eligible to vote for this seat (District 5). BIOGRAPHY Hi, my name is Melissa Thrush and I am a candidate for Okaloosa County School Board District 5. I attended Okaloosa County Public Schools from first grade through twelfth grade (Elliott Point Elementary, Meigs Junior High, and Choctawhatchee High). Upon graduation in 1986, I received a four year AFROTC scholarship and attended North Carolina State University (NCSU). I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from NCSU. I met my husband, Dr. Chris Reid, in college and have been married 19 years and have four children. I returned to the area with my family seven years ago and live in Niceville. Three of our children will be enrolled in Okaloosa County Public Schools in the 2010-2011 school year. I have been a stay-at-home parent for the past nine years. Prior to moving to the area, I was the Senior Computer Systems Engineer for the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. I also held positions or internships with Consolidated Diesel (a joint venture of Cummins Engine Company and CNH), Procter and Gamble, Merck, Baxter Healthcare, Northern Telecom (Nortel Networks), and Allied Signal (Honeywell). These are tough times for public schools. We face shrinking budgets and difficult decisions will have to be made that will directly affect the quality of education for our children. Our community deserves leadership who will listen to the concerns of parents, district teachers, staff and taxpayers and make decisions based upon careful study and evaluation of the impact of these decisions. My experience as a parent and analytical skill set will provide me with a practical approach to decision making. Public education is a foundation of our American Democracy. I believe passionately in the mission of our public schools to provide an excellent education to all of our children! I am excited about the opportunity to make a difference as your representative to the Okaloosa County School Board District 5. “Political advertisement paid for and approved by Melissa Thrush for Okaloosa County School Board District 5 “


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