Cox joins Westfield Washington Schools Board of Trustees District 1 race

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Jimmy Cox

Westfield resident Jimmy Cox believes the Westfield Washington Schools Board of Trustees needs stronger leadership, which is why he entered the school board race to represent District 1.

Cox is challenging incumbent Amy Pictor.

“I am passionate about education and setting up our children for success. I don’t

have kids, but will one day, and I want to ensure our schools continue to be top in the

state,” Cox said. “I believe we need strong leadership at the top so it filters down to each of our schools, transparency for constituents and responsible spending so (that) it goes as close to the classroom as possible.”

Cox has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Purdue University. He earned a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University. Now, he works for the Purdue Alumni Association, where he oversees student development programs, recent graduate activities and manages alumni relations for fraternities and sororities.

“I have over 10 years of experience in higher education, working on program

development, student advising, alumni relations, event planning, facility management

and volunteer training,” Cox said. “My career is very important to me, but volunteering in my community is, too. All of us should try to find some way to give back to others. Upon moving to Westfield in 2016, I immediately sought out ways to get involved, and it has been a very rewarding four years.”

Cox serves on the Westfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as treasurer. He also is chair of the chamber’s young professional committee; is a volunteer for a college outreach program through St. Maria Goretti; serves on the city’s redevelopment authority; and is a mentor with the Westfield Youth Assistance Program. He also serves on the young professionals committee for College Mentors for Kids, a national nonprofit that pairs college students with a mentee in elementary school. He volunteers for his international fraternity by facilitating conferences and hosting alumni activities for central Indiana.

If elected, Cox plans to realign money closer to the classroom; cut spending on projects and items not necessary for education or teacher improvement; provide more support for teachers in the classrooms by ensuring class size is appropriate; make schools have the proper amount of instructional assistants; ensure teachers have access to professional development resources; and ensure the strategic plan for the district addresses responsible spending, school safety and security and diversity and inclusion.

Cox is married to Megan. They attended Purdue and met during their senior year. They have two golden retrievers, Toby and Tucker. In his free time, Cox plays volleyball, cooks and barbecues at home and spends time with friends.

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