Lori Heuer is seeking election for Trustee Area 2 of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District board in pursuit of becoming a strong voice for children and families in the community. Her own family has resided in Galt for nearly 40 years, and both of her children attended Galt schools throughout their entire public education experience.
Joining Heuer on the ballot are former school administrator Katherine Harper and engineering manager Richard Estrada. Current board member of Trustee Area 2, Tom Silva, will be vacating his position upon the end of his term for his own run for Galt City Council.
Heuer was elected to Galt City Council in 2014 and served as mayor from 2017 to 2018. Before Council, she served as a board member, as well as president, on the Galt Joint Union High School District board. She has also participated in various parent-teacher organizations and served in the local Girl Scouts unit. Additionally, she worked for more than 40 years as a nursing supervisor, where she provided care for individuals with mental health issues and developmental delays.
“I believe that my past experiences as an elected official in our community make me uniquely qualified to serve,” Heuer said. “I have extensive training in public policy and administration both in my career as a manager and as an elected public servant. I understand and am knowledgeable of budgets, policies, and contracts.”
Additionally, Heuer has served on the Galt Planning Commission. In that position, she chaired the 30-year strategic development plan for the city. If elected, she said she would bring a unique understanding of the area to the table while focusing on the best actions for schools.
“I would look to support policies that improve access to educational opportunities for all children while remaining fiscally responsible in our community. We need to support joint usage of public facilities for our families.”
Heuer also has a personal reason for wanting to serve in this position: her family. Her daughter is a special-education teacher, and her son-in-law teaches high school biology, giving her an insider perspective of what teachers are facing in the current climate. Her eldest grandchild recently started second grade, and her other grandchildren are expected to attend elementary school in the district.
“I have always been an advocate for children and a strong proponent of public education. I love my grandchildren, two of which will be attending school in the district. My greatest desire is that they get the best education and memorable experiences in their neighborhood schools,” she said. “I see this as an opportunity to give back to the education system that my children enjoyed.”
Heuer noted that her life’s work has been service to others and that she is eager to continue that service on the board.
“I am ready to go to work for our children and families immediately.”