Local Endorsements

May 2019 Posted in Briefs, Community

An endorsement for Leslie Martin for SFSD board

I am writing this letter of endorsement in support of Leslie Martin for Silver Falls School District Board of Directors zone one. I have known Leslie for many years, our grandmothers were sisters, and she has what it takes to be an effective board member. She is a person of high character, integrity, and a hard work ethic.

Leslie has been very involved in Silverton schools and district activities since her son started first grade. She and her family moved back to Silverton specifically so he could attend school here. She has been very involved in school PTC’s over the years, serving as an officer many of those years in a leadership role. She has worked on two committees in support of school district bonds. She has also served on district-level committees. This past year she has served on the committee tasked with drafting the new strategic visioning plan for the district for the next five years. This committee has spent countless hours meeting with district staff and community members, hearing their compliments, concerns, and the direction they would like to see our district move in the next few years. The knowledge Leslie has gained from serving on this committee will be invaluable in her role as a board member…

Above all, Leslie has a huge heart for kids and wants to see our district serve every child the best way we possibly can… Leslie’s knowledge of our schools and the district and her desire to do what’s best for all kids makes her the right choice to serve you on the Silver Falls School Board. I would highly encourage you to vote for Leslie Martin for the zone one position. Thank you, Tim Roth

An endorsement for Donna Hues for MASD board

Donna Hues is getting my vote for Mt. Angel School Board. I have served on our school board since 2014, and Donna was appointed to join us in March of this year. She has proven herself to be a thoughtful and important member of our team: she is curious, takes the time to learn about the role, and researches issues at the state and local level affecting our district. She has a supportive, collaborative, and measured approach, and her years of experience as a teacher bring a valuable perspective to the table. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to work with Donna to lead our small school district in a positive direction, with student success our shared top priority. A vote for Donna Hues is a vote for making a positive impact on Mount Angel’s students, schools, and community.

Shari Bochsler Riedman, Life-long Mount Angel resident, parent, school board member

An endorsement for Diane Watson for CCC board

Higher education and community colleges in particular, are facing continued challenges due to undwerfunding by the State. The Chemeketa Community College Board remains steadfast in its commitment to keep costs to students at affordable levels. In fact, Chemeketa’s tuition and fees are near the lowest of Oregon’s 17 community colleges. Accordingly, now more than ever, we need Board members who will continue to support both our students and the area businesses who employ them.

Current Zone 6 Director and Board Vice-Chair, Diane Watson, has served on the Board with distinction since 2012. She has an extensive community college work experience, including holding positions as an instructor, Counselor, and Dean. That background provides for a deep understanding of the policy and governance issues that are among the many challenges Chemeketa faces today.

I have known Diane for years, and serving with her on the Board has confirmed for me and our fellow Board members what an asset her background, skills, and commitment are to Chemeketa. She is truly deserving of re-election, and I encourage you to show your support of Chemeketa by casting your vote for Diane Watson for Zone 6 Director.

Ken Hector, Chemeketa Board of Education Zone 4 Director

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