Editor:

Recently I had the opportunity to observe firsthand how Congressman Josh Harder interacted with students when he visited our pathway programs at Enochs High School this week. As an educator of 27-plus years, I believe that our elected leaders should spend significant, quality time with students, listening to their concerns. This benefits the learners as well as the elected officials.

I was happy to welcome Mr. Harder to my class. I am also happy to report that he listened to each and every student in the room, took time to ask them their plans for the future and cared about what mattered to them. I know that Congressman Harder serves on the education committee and that he knows one of the best ways to understand the work we do as educators is by seeing it firsthand and talking to students.

This experience has been a continuance of the accessibility and transparency that is a hallmark of the congressman’s tenure so far. I know that he is fighting to protect education funding from proposed cuts.

Dr. Dave Menshew

Modesto resident

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