School board candidate runs unopposed

Steven C. Hafey is a candidate for the Moffat County School District Board of Education in District 3. He is running unopposed in the election to be held Nov. 2. The following is a common group of questions asked to each of the candidates and the Craig Daily Press will preview each candidate before the election.

Name: Steven C. Hafey

Age: 58

Family: Wife, Fay; daughter, 34, and sons 30, 26 and 23

Occupation: Personnel manager at Trapper Mine

Number of years lived in Moffat County: 25

My leadership/educational experiences include: Graduate of Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) with a teaching degree, taught school for six years and was a school district athletic director for three years.

Past chairman of the Moffat County United Way, Craig Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, current board member of Moffat County High School Alternative Cooperative Education Program, high school football referee, past president of Craig Youth Baseball and a coach of about every sport in Craig.

I feel the most important part of education is: I don't feel there is one most important aspect of education. I feel there are several things that factor into a good education. The overall idea of improving schools interests me. Improving things for teachers such as working conditions, wages, restoring their authority and restoring power and respect. I want to improve facilities, restore the teaching of lessons in morality and responsibility. I want to help lead the local school district by representing parents and taxpayers.

The theme of my campaign is: Improvement in education in order to help students be ready to handle the rigors of life.

I want to see these sorts of changes in the educational system in Moffat County: I would like to see more students involved in extracurricular activities. These activities are an important aspect of the educational balance. Education does not stop with the afternoon bell. We need programs that encourage kids to excel at all levels. We also need to have a way to recognize and review excellent teaching performances, to commend those that go the extra mile to provide quality education.

My feelings toward the issue of the taxpayers bill of rights amendment (TABOR) on the Nov. 2 election: I am in favor of de-Brucing. I am in favor of doing what it takes to keep the money here and to provide opportunities.

If elected, will I have time to talk with the public: Yes, I don't mind being interviewed and speaking with anyone. I am a good listener.

I am the candidate for the job because: I have been involved in school activities all my life. The time was right to run now and people had expressed a desire to see me run. I feel I can be a positive contributor to the school board and have experience and answers that will help.

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