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LETTER: Why I’m voting for Aaron Arnold for Salina town justice

— LETTER: Why I’m voting for Aaron Arnold for Salina town justice

To the editor:

Two years ago, I had a troubling experience in one of our local courts. I contacted a number of organizations in the area to see if they would be willing to work with me to address my concerns. These organizations agreed that reforms to our court system are needed, but they were not able to help. Instead, many of them recommended that I contact Aaron Arnold at the Center for Court Innovation.

When I contacted Mr. Arnold, he immediately agreed to meet with me. I was expecting him to have less than 30 minutes of his time, so I typed up a brief history of my case and listed some of my major concerns. In the end, he spent more than two hours talking with me, reading over court documents, making suggestions, and brainstorming possible ways to address my concerns.

Two months after our meeting, Aaron emailed me to say that he had found an organization in California that focuses on my areas of concern and that he had spoken with its executive director about the possibility of conducting a training program in our area. This showed me that Aaron not only listened to me, but also made the effort to follow up on my concerns and work toward a solution.

What is so refreshing about Aaron is that he helped me even though he knows that helping me will never garner him a major campaign contribution or social status. He did this because he truly believes in improving our justice system.

For these reasons, on Nov. 5, I will be casting my vote for Aaron Arnold for the Salina town justice, and I urge others to join me in electing a candidate who will be a true asset to our community.

Stacy Schaefer

Salina

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