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Southern Nevada voters will choose three members of the State Board of Education this election.

In District 1, challenger Gloria Bonaventura is not running an active campaign, and has offered no reason to replace four-year incumbent Sharon Frederick, who favors parental school choice "whether it be home schooling or charter schooling" and who describes herself as "very pro career-tech education." Return Sharon Frederick in District 1.

In District 3, retired children’s social worker Doris Wallace Fletcher has experience serving as a school board trustee in Cucamonga, Calif., before moving here three years ago. An active union supporter of Democratic presidential tickets, Ms. Fletcher’s politics may differ from ours, but her passion for children — even when they need "tough love" — is unmistakable. Doris Wallace Fletcher presents a more compelling case for the District 3 seat than opponent Willa Chaney, who is embroiled in a legal dispute with the board regarding her private day care center.

In District 7, Boulder City native Chris Wallace favors more school choice and a simpler route to alternative teacher licensure for professionals seeking to move into education after a successful career elsewhere. Chris Wallace is the better choice over Val Olsen in District 7.

A single seat is up for election to the state Board of Regents, which oversees the state university system. Incumbent Bret Whipple, a local attorney of note, has shown a refreshing independence and willingness to challenge "business as usual." The challenger, Robert Blakely, a mining engineer who has held various jobs since being laid off at the Nevada Test Site, is running with the goal of "making sure the Henderson College mining (engineering) program stays afloat."

That’s all well and good, but the Board of Regents can’t afford to lose Bret Whipple’s broad expertise and spirited independence at this juncture.

Stick with Bret Whipple.

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