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Columbus School District voters will elect two School Board members from a field of four candidates in the April 4 election.

Candidates include Kelly Crombie, Cindy Damm, Julie Hajewski and Mark Campbell. The Columbus Journal asked each of the candidates to submit a 500-600 word statement, telling readers about their backgrounds and explaining why they are running.

Kelly J. Crombie

Address: 442 South Lewis, PO Box 84, Columbus

Contact: 920-915-3164,

About the candidate:

I was born and raised in Columbus, graduating from Columbus High School. I also earned a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been a longtime supporter of education in Columbus and even taught high school social studies for a year prior to law school.

For the past 10 years, I have been a business owner and employer in the City of Columbus, employing close to 30 high school and college students. I am also a licensed attorney admitted to practice in state and federal courts. For the past four years, I have had the privilege of serving as the Mayor of Columbus. One of my proudest accomplishments as Mayor is the improved relationship between the City and School. Earlier this month, I was also appointed to a second three year term on the MATC/Madison College Board of Directors.

Appointments to the MATC Board are made by a committee consisting of all of the County Board Chairs in the 12-county district that makes up the MATC District. MATC is one of the largest educational institutions in the state with nearly 40,000 students, over 2,000 staff members, 9 campuses, and a budget in excess of $333 million per year.

Why he is running:

I am running for the School Board because I care about education and our community. I feel my background and experience would be a real asset to the Board. Schools are one of the most important institutions in a community. I feel that my diverse background in business, education, law and government would be an asset to the School Board.

I feel my greatest contribution to the Board would be my experience on the MATC Board. It would be an asset to the School District and community to have higher education experience on our School Board. Through this experience, I am am familiar with how educational decisions are made at the governing level such as budget, finance, facilities, curriculum issues, staffing, state regulations and the list goes on and on. My knowledge of higher education and higher education governance would be an asset as we prepare our graduates for life after CHS.

I have a proven record of working hard for Columbus through my two terms as mayor. If given the honor of being elected to the School Board, I will work tirelessly to make our schools the best they can be. I will always work to ensure that the School Board is properly involved in making important decisions affecting our District.

Thank you and Go Cards!!!