Kim L. Miller

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Age: 39

Residence: Hartwood.

Education: BA, English, University of Delaware.

Occupation: Substitute teacher, Stafford County schools.

Elected offices/civic activities: President, Hartwood Elementary School PTA; former vice president, Hartwood Elementary School PTA; Reflections contest chairman, Gayle Middle School;

member, teacher appreciation group, Colonial Forge High School; former secretary, Wateredge Estates homeowners association.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The most critical issue in our schools is capital improvement. Many of our schools are severely overcrowded. Classrooms have double the recommended number of 15 to 18 children per teacher, the ideal number for learning. Classes are being taught in the hallways because we lack rooms. Lunches must start at 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the large numbers of students needing to go through the cafeteria. Schools need to be built to keep up with the growth in our county. We must provide schools to accommodate all the students in Stafford County."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will take my firsthand experience and knowledge of the school system, along with my willingness to listen, to improve the schools for our children."

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Doreen M. Phillips

Age: 41

Residence: South Stafford.

Education: BA, sociology, University of Maryland.

Occupation: Owner/broker, Phillips Home Selling Team Realty.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Stafford County Schools Advisory Committee; member, Vo-Tech Advisory Committee;

business sponsor, Adopt-a-Classroom;

volunteer, Stafford public schools; coach, soccer and field hockey;

sponsor, various sports teams; fundraiser, Rappahannock United Way.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Fiscal accountability is paramount to ensure every dollar possible reaches classrooms and students' needs. We're set to build 10 schools by 2015 at $20 million to $50 million per school. Our school budget takes up more than 70 percent of our county budget and far exceeds $250 million now. We have a great staff of teachers, but every week we lose one to another jurisdiction for pay reasons. We can be a lot more competitive. We must streamline the budget process and reduce redundancy among facility expenses. Parents are often left out of the decision process. I will change that."

Why should voters elect you?

"I bring trust and business sense to education. I have years of experience managing large transactions and multi-business budgets and a huge love for kids."

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