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Kelly Mulvoy Mangan

Candidate for Harrison Trustee

34 Crawford Road, Harrison

Incumbent: No

Age: 45

Employment: I am an attorney. I practiced law for nine years, first as an associate ad then a partner in a New York law firm, with a practice area in commercial real estate finance. I retired when my first son was born. I am currently a full-time mom and volunteer.

Education: I graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of science in foreign service, and received a law degree from Boston College Law School.

Tenure: We moved to Harrison in 2004. In 2008 we moved to Hong Kong for two and a half years, and have been back in Harrison since the summer of 2010.

kaemm65@gmail.com

Q&A

Election Central: Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?

Mangan: I believe that one of the most fundamental obligations a community has is to educate and prepare its children to go out into the world. Harrison has made enormous strides towards its mission of providing every student in our schools with the opportunity to excel. I hope to continue that work. I also feel that the state has done a terrible disservice to students and taxpayers over the last few years and hope to work towards changing that.

Election Central: What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?

Mangan: I bring a commitment to providing each student in our district with the best education possible, supporting our teachers in their efforts, and making sure that every taxpayer dollar is spent in meaningful ways that support the aspirations of the community and the district. As a parent of children in the elementary school, I will also bring the perspective of the parents of younger children in our district.

Election Central: What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?

Mangan: We need to do a better job of making the community - in Harrison and beyond - aware of the tremendous successes and improvements in the school district. We also need to make the community understand the enormous difficulties created by the state government as a result of unfunded mandates and the tax cap. We need to create a community voice letting Albany know we deserve the money that they have taken from our school district as a result of the Gap Elimination Adjustment. The state owes the children of Harrison almost $3,800,000 as a result of state aid taken back to close the state's budget cap over the last five years. Every parent and taxpayer in our community should be outraged by that.