Dear Editor: I am writing to heartily endorse Cynthia Kaump for state treasurer. Cynthia is a hard worker with a keen knowledge of financial matters, which she has demonstrated by working as the former director of communications and community outreach in the state treasurer’s office. To put it mildly, Cynthia has the most financial experience in this race.

As a MMSD School Board member, I take an interest in any and all offices that affect our students. The Treasurer’s Office directly affects the public schools, as our school libraries are funded indirectly through the Treasurer’s Office. Cynthia Kaump will be an excellent steward to protect our school libraries through her job as state treasurer.

My last and most important reason for supporting Cynthia Kaump is the issue of financial literacy. When Cynthia was communications director in the Treasurer’s Office, she created the piggy bank plan to teach our youngest students how to save money for a rainy day. Each student got pennies and their own bank and were taught how to save their pennies and that over time their investments will grow. This type of financial literacy is crucial if we want well-educated youth who are financially savvy and fiscally responsible.

Vote Cynthia Kaump on Aug. 14 for state treasurer.

Nicki Vander Meulen

Madison

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