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Letter: Withdrawal will assist a good candidate

My son starts school this fall, and the conversations I have had with other parents are deeply concerning.  Few parents consider their neighborhood school their first (and best) option, and I want to fix that. I filed to run for School Board, but when the filing deadline passed, I found myself in a three-way race. One candidate supports vouchers — which I believe are an assault on public schools — and refused to sign the School Board’s Code of Ethics. The other candidate, Kameron Perez-Verdia, is experienced, rational, civil and passionate about education.

The risk of splitting the vote and electing someone who supports vouchers terrified me. It is more important to see success for a passionate candidate with fresh ideas than a career politician that wants to divert money from our local schools. I thoughtfully withdrew, and will run in 2015. This year, I know I am helping someone who will fight for strong public schools, just as I do. I encourage you to join me in voting for Kameron Perez-Verdia on April 1.

— Karli Lopez

Anchorage