As a retired educator of Delta County, I put my full support behind Democratic Senator Kerry Donovan in her run for re-election in Senate District 5. Sen. Donovan has showed time and again that she is committed to rural Colorado's best interests -- the best interests of the people of rural Colorado, to be clear, and not the corporate and political interests. Sen. Kerry Donovan recognizes that our children will inherit our towns as well as our policies, and that responsible stewardship of our communities is paramount. In today's polarized political climate it is comforting to see elected leaders willing to work across the aisle. Particularly in such a diverse district as SD5 which spans across seven rural counties. Kerry Donovan, a Colorado native and rancher, is the right voice for our communities, and a dedicated proponent for our values and our children's futures. Since 2014, Sen. Donovan has sponsored many bills related to the betterment of Colorado education, at both the K-12 and college levels. With experience as an educator herself, Sen. Donovan knows the struggles teachers and students face. She has worked to increase funding and better spending for our education system. This November, I will be casting my ballot for Kerry Donovan and I hope you'll join me - our kids need Kerry.