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These letters were submitted regarding the Oregon Historical Society funding levy and candidates for local school boards.

Vote yes on measure 26-221 supporting historical societies

We need your support today.

Please for yes on Ballot Measure 26-221 in Multnomah County. This measure helps fund the Oregon Historical Society and the East County historical societies — Troutdale Historical Society, East County Historical Organization (ECHO), Crown Point Country Historical Society and Gresham Historical Society.

With the passing of this measure, it will support Oregon's history and allow all Multnomah County residents to visit these museums for free.

This measure is a continuation and will not raise taxes. The levy continues a rate of $.05 per $1,000 assessed property value. A home assessed at $200,000 pays $10 per year.

Please forward this email to all your Multnomah County contacts to help spread the word of this important matter. If you are on Facebook, visit our page and forward to all your friends.

https://www.facebook.com/Troutdalehistory.org

Thank you. Your help is greatly appreciated.

LeAnn Stephan, Executive Director, Troutdale Historical Society

Elect Riegelmann to GB School Board

Holly Riegelmann has supported hundreds of students for 20 years in and out of the classroom. She understands the turmoil of the past year, as part of the family appliance business, and more importantly as mom to four students. Holly understands.

As a long-time elementary school volunteer, I am very concerned with the impacts of kids having no classroom. Many of the students I tutored had limited support at home, and it is difficult to imagine how our schools are meeting their needs with online school.

Holly has given hundreds of concerned parents, grandparents and community members a voice before the board and became spokesperson for the issue that all of us cared most about. "How do we get our kids back in school safely?"

Our collective voice was drowned by some members of the board, primarily Robyn Stowers, whom Holly is running against. When the Oregon Health Authority and CDC provided opportunity to return our kids, Robyn added more barriers.

She first voted to delay kids' return, and then — when provided the opportunity to return them even after full staff vaccination — abstained rather than approve. As many of us watched board meetings, we have seen Robyn's abrasive and intimidating behavior as she has stood in the way of what our community wants.

Currently, our students are in the bottom two of all districts in the Portland metro area for in-school instructional time.

And yet, Robyn's efforts are focused on removing school resource officers, instituting a policy mandating teachers to display progressive pride and Black Lives Matter flags, obviously promoting anything that can distract from the most pressing educational issue.

Our kids have been out of school for over a year.

Please join me in voting for Holly Riegelmann to turn our focus back to our kids and their needs.

Mike Ash, Gresham

Riegelmann will put student needs first

I am writing to give my endorsement of Holly Riegelmann for the position of the Gresham-Barlow School Board and share why I think she is a great candidate for this position. Having grown up in Gresham, received my education in our school district, as well as taught in our school district for past the 16 years, I am very aware of the growing needs and challenges that our district is facing. Like myself, Holly has multiple children who are receiving their education in our school district, and Holly is willing to rationally put the needs of all students first as the top priority in this position.

As I have known Holly from back in our time as Thunderbirds at Gordon Russell Middle School, and working with her as a member of the Bruin Banner at Barlow High School, Holly has proven time and time again that she is a hard worker, who is willing to listen to all sides of an issue, is caring and will work hard to get things done and make fair decisions that are beneficial to everyone.

For these reasons, I know that Holly Riegelemann is an excellent candidate for the position of the Gresham Barlow School Board.

Nick Hudson, Damascus

Reelect Rod Boettcher to Centennial Board

Rod Boettcher has generously devoted his time, intellect and leadership to the Centennial School District for many years. His service to district students, teachers and staff through membership and/or chair of the board and numerous committees is unparalleled.

He is running for another term on the board and deserves our undying support and appreciation. Please join us: Vote for Rod Boettcher for Centennial School Board.

Mike and Claudia Andrews, Damascus


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