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My Why: Judy Chipman

Judy Chipman: Ridgefield City Councilor, Resident and Retiree

My Why: Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

I was born and raised right here in Ridgefield, I returned to retire in the community that holds my heart. I was raised on a farm east of the freeway and was a member of the second class at Union Ridge 70 years ago. I have personally witnessed Ridgefield transform from dirt roads to a vibrant and desirable place to live for families, retirees, and people from all backgrounds and belief systems.

I am passionate about this community and am invested in our future generations. It is shocking to me to see Union Ridge Building A, a relic of the past, still housing our youngest students and forcing them to navigate outdated facilities. Our schools should be more than just buildings; they should be thoughtfully designed environments that inspire learning and growth.

The importance of updated and new schools cannot be overstated, especially in a city like ours, where our population is growing rapidly. It's disheartening to see our students crammed into limited space, making do with facilities ill-equipped for their needs. Our students deserve better – they deserve spaces that foster creativity, safety, and innovation.

Reflecting on my upbringing, where education was paramount, I feel compelled to advocate for the students in Ridgefield. To my fellow retirees, I pose a question: What investments we would have wanted for our children and grandchildren?

Now is the time to come together and support Propositions 10 and 11, we must pass these bonds, our students have waited long enough. Since the last bond was passed in 2017, our city has completely transformed, from Rosauers, to new industrial facilities east of the freeway, to a dozen new neighborhoods, the bonds are long overdue. We must vote yes for these new schools to be built and for our existing schools to receive the necessary upgrades to meet the needs of our future leaders.

By voting yes, we can ensure that every student in Ridgefield has access to a modern, safe learning environment – one that will empower them to reach their full potential and carry our community forward into a brighter tomorrow. Let's bond together and leave a legacy for Ridgefield's future generations.

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