Alexander Flores (R), a relative political newcomer in Washington County, has raised just over $150,000 in cash and in-kind donations for his campaign for State Senate District 15. If you compare that to the roughly $21,000 raised by Democratic opponent and incumbent Chuck Riley, you might assume that Flores has widespread support in the district. In an April 11, 2018 press release Flores claimed to have built an “unparalleled grassroots organization.” What we found instead is that just under half of Flores’ donations ($74,842.19) was from The Leadership Fund, a PAC run by the Republican leadership in Oregon’s State Senate.  Currently, it is controlled by Jackie Winters, the Oregon Senate Minority Leader who represents District 10, and Fred Girod, an Oregon State Senator[…]

The Hillsboro School Board will look drastically different in July, with four new members elected on May 16. Janeen Sollman is stepping down to focus on her responsibilities as a state representative. Erika Lopez, the second  Latina ever elected to the Hillsboro School Board, will take her place. Vice Chair Glenn Miller was defeated by political newcomer Mark Watson. Monte Akers was defeated by Martin Granum, who currently serves on the Bond Advisory committee. Erik Seligman is also stepping down. His position will be filled by Jaci Spross. All four newly elected school board members were endorsed by the Washington County Democrats and Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon. You can read the school district’s press release here.

The Hillsboro Signal has compiled voter’s guides for the May 16 Hillsboro School Board elections. Remember to turn your ballot in on time! Position 1: Jennifer Brandse, April Davis, Erika Lopez Position 2: Glenn Miller, Mark Watson Position 3: Monte Akers, Martin Granum Position 6: Kevin Currin-Smith, Alexander Flores, Brian Lyles, Jaci Spross   Related Links: Washington County Voters’ Pamphlet  

  Issue Flores Lyles Spross Funding Supports the bond; would like to see how the the school district can be run more efficiently. Would have preferred a higher bond; sees a future operating levy as essential. Supports the bond and a future levy; working with Janeen Sollman on additional funding from the state Technology in Schools Balance technology and teaching Use technology to increase teacher capacity Provide access to prepare students for college & career Contraceptives at school-based health clinics Undecided; wants more community input Undecided; wants more community input Supports providing contraceptives in school-based health clinics Increasing the Graduation Rate Student Mentors Academic Coaching for student athletes; focus on attendance Extracurricular activities; AVID; parental engagement   A fourth candidate,[…]

Voter’s Guide: Hillsboro School Board Position 2   Issue Miller Watson School Funding Supports the bond, lobbying the State, potential future levy Supports the bond, lobbying the state, potential future levy Climate Change Not an ‘ideologue’, address both sides Science, not ‘hokum’ Contraceptives in school-based health clinics Voted No Supports contraceptives with parental notification If revisited, would vote yes On School Funding Mark Watson supports the proposed facilities bond.  For the operating budget, he said, “securing more stable funding in Salem is key.”  Says if a levy were proposed, it should be in addition to stable funding from the state, “to make us more competitive with our neighbors.” He wants to see poll numbers before deciding whether or not it[…]

  Issue Brandse Davis Lopez Funding Supports proposed bond Would support  an operating levy Supports proposed bond Hopes to avoid an operating levy Supports proposed bond Planning to ask for operating levy Contraceptives at school-based health clinics Would revisit, vote yes Would have voted no Supports contraceptives with parental notification Would revisit, vote yes Strategies for Increasing the Graduation Rate Respond to needs of individual students Focus on parental involvement and at-risk students Dual Credit & Internship Programs Replicate the success of CHICAs program   On School Funding Jennifer Brandse thinks the community needs more education around the funding needs of our school district. As a member of the school board, she said she would also “explain to people in Salem[…]