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CHARACTER COUNTS

James Rich for CCUSD

CHARACTER COUNTS

James Rich for CCUSD

YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE

YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE

James Rich is currently serving his first term on the Governing Board and was elected Vice President of the Board in January 2020. James has been an active volunteer in CCUSD since his family moved into the district in 2013. He has been on several district level committees as well as a classroom volunteer and member of the PTO executive committee. He has also been a Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation trustee. James and his wife Andrea have two children, both of whom attend CCUSD. He is a graduate of the Mesa Police Academy and the Constable for Desert Ridge Justice Precinct. He has a BA in Political Science and is a former Army Officer and veteran of ten years.

“I’m past the learning curve. I do my homework and I know the questions to ask. The board needs to stay on task and not get bogged down in issues that are not under our purview. I want CCUSD to be a district parents and teachers want to move to, and I will do what I can to maintain the reputation that is the reason my family moved here. Character counts.“

HONOR THE PAST, INSPIRE the FUTURE

A high honor: Meeting Kris “Tanto” Paronto, one of the heroes of Benghazi, at the Arizona Tactical Officer’s conference.

HONOR THE PAST, INSPIRE the FUTURE

Endorsements:

Cave Creek Education Association (our teachers)

Police Officers of Scottsdale Association

Five former Governing Board Presidents (view letter)

Winner of the conservative straw poll of Legislative District 1 Republicans (covering Carefree and Cave Creek)

A WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOR

I have avoided an online presence until recently, and I’m still not convinced I should use it. It seems too many people believe there are no consequences to their online statements. This is true only to a certain extent, however. People are apt to reveal more of themselves under anonymous conditions, which gives others insight to their true character.

The fact is, an individual holding elected office should conduct his or herself in a manner becoming of the office. That’s what the voters expect, and rightly so. Accordingly, if one is running for elected office, he or she is expected to conduct themselves as they would if they already held the office. Voters are judging character as much as they are experience and platform.

Currently there are a lot of negative comments being hurled at teachers, parents, and other district employees… with no specific charges being made. They’re simply ad hominem attacks and they’re polluting the air around the district. Frankly, it’s disruptive to the community and it can have far-reaching effects.

Please look closely at all six candidates for the three seats up for election. Character counts.