To the Editor:
I strongly endorse Jim Dodson as a candidate for the Oak Ridge City Council. During the 19 years that I have known Jim, I have always found him to have the good of the community at heart. While serving as executive director of Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, collaborating with Jim was always a highlight. His fairness and sincerity are outstanding qualities that I have experienced and observed through the years. He has the ability to draw people together and is extremely adept at working with a group to accomplish set goals.
He has worked with Children’s Museum staff to bring educational experiences to the children of our area and served on the museum’s Board of Trustees. His educational endeavors are known throughout the state, accordingly earning him several well-deserved honors for his work.
Jim has worked to improve the quality of life in our city through the Arts Council, the Secret City Festival, and as a middle school art teacher, influencing many of our youth to strive for excellence. All of his accomplishments demonstrate the energy and dedication that Jim puts into his civic work. It has been a privilege to have worked with Jim on the city board of the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. As always, he serves as a great champion for the city of Oak Ridge.
Jim has a strong commitment to family and a talent for extending that circle to include the whole community. This is shown through his extensive public work as well as his kindness and respect to all with whom he associates.
It is with much enthusiasm that I support Jim Dodson as a candidate for a seat on the Oak Ridge City Council.
Mary Ann Damos
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