Ron Frame has defeated Tom Forest in the race for Banks School Board Position 4 in election returns May 16.
According to the Washington County Elections office, as of 1 a.m. Wednesday Frame had 71 percent of the vote, while Forest had 28 percent.
Frame was excited to learn of his victory and thinks the fact that he's so involved in school events and sporting activities with his own children may have helped his campaign.
Both men were running for an open position on the board, left vacant by current school board member Todd Iverson, who is not running for reelection. Incumbents Norie Dimeo-Ediger and Raymond Mott ran unopposed for Positions 1 and 2, respectively.
Frame is a Banks High School graduate and currently has two children attending school in the district. He works in the architectural field and has served on the school board before, as well as on the district's budget committee.
Frame is a supporter of varied electives and career/technical education classes, as he discovered his career path when he took an architectural drafting class in school.
Forest, a software engineer, has no children in the district and graduated from Hillsboro High School, but he lives within the Banks School District boundaries and said he wants to be involved in his community. A self-described lover of learning, Forest volunteers as an interpretive-hike leader for the Sierra Club and has also served on the district's technology committee, budget committee and superintendent selection committee.
"Tom is a very smart individual and he brings up good points," said Frame, who intends to follow up on one of Forest's major aspirations to increase transparency in the district. "I hope Tom still stays engaged with the school district because he brings a helpful skill set."
Frame said he considers serving on the school board a serious matter. "Educating our kids is important," said Frame. "Each generation has to be responsible for educating the next."