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Patricia Fichter

School Division Candidate

Para Educator at Horizon Middle School in Falcon School District 49


Education/Special Courses/Certifications

I started going to college for business but I had to stop due to funds. I would love to finish my education in Political Science but I would rather not get into more debt. I love to read.

Employment History

I am currently at Horizon Middle School as a Para Educator. Before this job I worked at an immigration office as a secretary. I also worked at Men’s Warehouse selling suits.

Organizational Affiliations/Achievements

I am currently in the Rank Choice Voting organization. We introduce rank choice voting to people, teach them, and have meetings at least once a month to discuss future plans and our successes. I also have my bartender license. I love to do anything involving the community.

Responses to Key Questions

Candidate responses were limited to 100-150 words; responses have not been edited by PERA.

Interest in Serving as a PERA Trustee

Please briefly describe why you are interested in being elected to the PERA Board of Trustees.

I am interested in PERA Board of Trustee seat because I am great at organizing and executing plans. I also am very good at following rules. I like to have the input of the community on issues so that the public has input on decisions being made. I believe in transparency. I am a team player with everybody’s interests in mind not just my own.

Challenges/Opportunities Facing PERA

Please describe what you consider as areas of challenge/opportunity facing PERA and the Board’s role in addressing these issues.

The areas facing PERA and the board role I feel are challenging are gaining the publics trust in decisions being made. Another challenge I see that I will have is to come up with a plan to help keep funds coming from members over tax payer money. I feel like this would be a great opportunity to be part of something big that involves the community. I love being part of community base programs. This opportunity I am given will help me learn to start more programs for my community like community gardens and community coops. I am a native and my ultimate goal is to help my fellow neighbors live a healthy and happy life. I hope to be the change my community needs.

The Role of a Trustee

What do you see as the role of a Trustee on the PERA Board?

What I see that my role will be as a Trustee PERA Board member is being able to make decisions on how to organize retirement funds. Working with the community on hard decisions about the funds. Making sure that I understand all about the program and to be able to make every meeting. Accountability. And for my members to have trust in my work for making the best decisions for them.