I am writing to share my enthusiastic support for Venus Hurd Johnson as she runs for the District 97 school board. As a parent who has navigated D97 for almost 10 years with her two boys, taking on leadership roles in the PTO along the way, Venus has the experience to really succeed in this role. She is passionate about making the schools the best they can be for all students. She is thoughtful, persuasive, and a good listener. While she was PTO president at Mann, I knew her to take on challenges fairly and efficiently, with savvy and compassion. If elected, I know Venus will productively collaborate with the board, administration and community to steer D97 in the right direction.

Margo Thomas-May, Oak Park

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