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Budde launches campaign for D65 school board

About 80 supporters of Eileen Budde, including one of her opponents, were on hand Thursday night at the Prairie Moon Restaurant to formally kick off her campaign for a seat on the board of education of Evanston/Skokie District 65.

About 80 supporters of Eileen Budde, including one of her opponents, were on hand Thursday night at the Prairie Moon Restaurant to formally kick off her campaign for a seat on the board of education of Evanston/Skokie District 65.

School board candidate Ellen Budde, center, flanked by aldermen Don Wilson and Melissa Wynne.

Budde, a former math teacher who currently serves as president of the Nichols School PTA, is the mother of three children in district schools. As a volunteer, she said she has taught math enrichment to second-graders, read to children in the Books and Breakfast program at the Dewey School, and has served as a room parent.

She told her supporters that one of her goals is to ensure that children who are educated in the district’s schools will be qualified to compete effectively against graduates from schools in other states as well as those in countries such as India and China as they vie for dominance in the global economy.

Budde supporters gathered at Prairie Moon.

“Our schools should be among the best in the world,” she declared.

Among her supporters at the kickoff were two Evanston aldermen—Don Wilson, 4th Ward Ward, and Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward—as well as one of her opponents in the April 5 election, Richard Rhykus. Six candidates, including two incumbents, have filed for three seats on the board. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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