Jason Putnam is looking to stay on the Wiscasset School Committee

Address: 17 Hooper St.Wisconsin

Profession: Independent carpenter – Over 30 years of experience, specializing in the restoration of old houses and barns

Education: Graduated from high school in 1988, also attended the University of Michigan for three years

Political History (Board, Committees, Other): Served on the Wiscasset School Committee for six years, the last three as Vice President, also served on the Wiscasset Planning Board, Wiscasset Ordinances Review, Wiscasset Comprehensive Planning Committee, Wiscasset Schools Ad Hoc Future Committee, Wiscasset Cemetery Committee, and was the 2018 Democratic candidate for the Maine State House of Representatives for the former District 87, which included Wiscasset at the time.

Clubs/Organizations: Former baseball coach and board member of the Midcoast Cal Ripken Baseball League through the Wiscasset Community Center, member of the Lincoln County Democrats

Given the position you are running for, what do you think are the three most pressing issues (350 words or less): I hope to be re-elected to continue the ever-important work of educating our children and supporting our teachers and other school workers in a rapidly changing society. The most important thing is to ensure that our students and teachers feel safe and respected in order to achieve optimal learning and that our students grow into self-reliant, free-spirited adults who can thrive in modern society. A growing disrespect for higher education does not help.

This brings me to my second problem – partisan politics in public schools. Schools are not political institutions and should not become so. Extreme political views and toxic culture wars hinder learning. Let’s stick to the facts and let the children grow up in peace.

The third most pressing issue in Wiscasset is to attract more students so that we can reduce the cost of education. I would like to see Dresden students return to schools in Wiscasset, and other surrounding towns also send more students to Wiscasset. We have everything we need here and we can never stop trying to do better.

Do you have any other ideas about why you run or what you can bring to the office? (150 words or less): I enjoy being part of the education solution and strive to keep an open mind while helping to make decisions. I learned a lot about how budgets work and worked hard to get collective bargaining done. I have never missed a school council meeting in six years of service. I like to help.