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Incumbents running for 3 open seats, but only 1 race is contested for college board

PMG FILE PHOTO - Elect new college directors on May 18.

Voters in the vast Mt. Hood Community College boundaries will elect three members for the Board of Education in the May 18 election, but only one seat is contested.

Incumbents Diane McKeel and Annette Mattson are running unopposed and real estate agent Marie Teune is challenging incumbent James Zordich.

The college, like many community colleges is facing challenges. The campus has been closed due to the pandemic for more than a year, with only a few classes being taught in-person. Enrollment has been declining as the economy cratered due to pandemic closures.

The terms of new board members elected May 18 will end June 30, 2025.

The Outlook asked candidates a few short questions and their answers appear below.

Zone 1

Diane McKeelCOURTESY PHOTO - Diane McKeel

Age: 74

Occupation: Oxbow LLC family real estate

MHCC meetings attended in the last year: I have attended numerous meetings for Mt. Hood Community College including board meetings, budget meetings, and community meetings.

Favorite Subject: History

What is the one thing you think college could do better:

Mt. Hood Community College has adapted in these challenging times we have faced, always keeping the focus on student success. It would be my hope to have the ability and the budget to offer more evening classes to better accommodate our students' work and family schedules

Zone 2

Marie TeuneCOURTESY PHOTO - Marie Teune

Age: 63

Occupation: Principal broker at John L Scott, Sandy

MHCC meetings attended in the last year: 0

Favorite subject in school: English

What is the one thing you think the college could do better? 

I would like to see MHCC connect more with Sandy High School students and the Boring/Sandy community including those up in the Mount Hood communities. I have worked a lot in this area and hope I could help build that connection. 

James ZordichCOURTESY PHOTO - James Zordich

Age: 76

Occupation: Retired museum curator

MHCC meetings attended last year: All board meetings.

Favorite School Subject: Industrial Education

What is the one thing you think the college could do better? 

As a current member of the MHCC Board of Education, it has been my focus to maintain the community's investment in the college by following prudent fiduciary policies.

I am seeking a third term as a member of the MHCC Board of Education.  Community college provided me with the incentive to continue on to higher education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Education. My wife and I have supported MHCC for more than twenty-five years, particularly the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE). It is now recognized that community colleges provide a more direct and affordable pathway to well-paying careers. 

Zone 4

Annette MattsonCOURTESY PHOTO - Annette Mattson

Age: 63

Occupation: Elected volunteer, Mt. Hood Community College Trustee

MHCC meetings attended in the last year: 85

Favorite subject in school: Civics

What is the one thing you think the college could do better? 

As is the case with most community colleges, MHCC needs to achieve equitable outcomes for all students. Our student success rates vary by race and other demographic factors. This is unacceptable to me, the board and to our administration. We are working hard to analyze the data, determine exactly where we need to do better, and then take corrective action. A cultural shift is needed as well in this work, and our President as well as our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director are working closely with the board to ensure MHCC is a place where all students can be successful.

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Key May 18 election dates

April 28 ballots were mailed to voters.

May 11 last day for voters to safely return ballots by mail.

May 18 election day.


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