October 9, 2012 > Candidate Kevin Bristow
Candidate Kevin Bristow
For Ohlone Community College District Trustee, Area 2
People have always told me I should run for elected office because they thought I could make a real difference in the lives of others. I'm running for the Ohlone College Board to ensure our most vulnerable students achieve their dreams.
Growing up in foster care and emancipating on my own at the age of 18, I know first-hand how higher education can transform lives. At the time, I had few options available to me and community college was my first step toward independence and stability in my life.
For the past 15 years, I have served economically and educationally-disadvantaged students by helping them advocate for their rights and increasing opportunities for them to obtain higher education, scholarships and vocational training.
In the process, I have developed a strong reputation as someone who can make things happen while collaborating with a broad spectrum of individuals, communities and organizations.
This includes working as an Education Specialist for Children and Family Services, where I assisted the County's foster youth with high school graduation and attending the college or vocational program of their choice.
This also includes creating and running an innovative support service program for former foster youth at Cal State University (CSU), East Bay; it has since become a model for California and the rest of the nation.
With a Master's Degree in Public Administration, I know the bureaucratic realities of the state budget. As a CSU employee, who interacts with college students on a daily basis, I have a firm understanding of the challenges they face, as well as the difficulties experienced by hard-working faculty and staff: a doubling of tuition, Cal Grants cut, reduced class offerings, furloughs and layoffs, departments eliminated and student loan debt that has passed the one trillion dollar mark.
My priorities as Trustee will be as follows:
* Ensure fiscal responsibility with proper budgetary safeguards;
* Oversee the timely implementation of Measure G;
* Strengthen partnerships within the community;
* Utilize frontage property resources in a manner that will maximize revenues and enhance the student and resident experience;
* Continue to focus on innovation and renewable clean energy.
I have always fought to ensure that every youth has the same opportunity to pursue the success I've had in my own life. Our students and community deserve someone who isn't afraid to make the tough decisions needed to preserve their quality of education and their chance for a brighter future.
With your vote on November 6, 2012, I will bring this unique passion, experience and perspective to the Ohlone College Board of Trustees. Thank you.
For more information, visit www.Bristow4Ohlone.com
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