This letter originally appeared in the Statesman Journal.
I once ran for a position on the Portland Community College board of directors. I had only business experience, spent no money and had no endorsements. Elected twice, I served as chair during a $60 million capital building project and my more experienced fellow board members would tell you I did an excellent job.
For those thinking school board directors need experience in administration or non-profits, you are misinformed. Today we need board members who analyze and challenge current policies and represent students and their parents (primarily) and then teachers and administrators.
We need willing listeners who are also independent problem solvers and who understand our community.
I support Kathy Goss, Jonathan Baker and Jesse Lippold for Salem-Keizer School Board. Each brings different strengths: Goss is an experienced educator, administrator and business owner. Baker has worked solving problems for communities in need and dealing with government contracts for 20 years. And Lippold, age 21, is a former SKSD student (current college student) who has successfully overcome tremendous challenges. Ironically, none have the support of unions or PACS.
I believe that in these financially trying times they are the best candidates and will serve our school district very well.