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Three hope to hold onto their school board positions; four newcomers take them on

The opportunity for Molalla citizens to voice their opinion on the makeup of the school board is approaching quickly with the special district election held May 18.

The terms are up for four of the directors, three of whom are seeking to hold onto their positions. Director Craig Loughridge, who has held position 5 since 2012, is not seeking reelection.

Four new candidates are in the running for the positions that carry four-year terms.

Position 2

Calvin Nunn

Nunn has served in position 2 since 2012 and is seeking reelection.

According to Nunn's filing paperwork, he graduated from Molalla High School and then went on to earn his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oregon State University.

Nunn works as a self-employed furrier.

Nunn did not file a statement in the voters' pamphlet and did not respond to requests for comments.

M. Ryan Mutchler

Mutchler is challenging Nunn for the position in this year's race.

Mutchler graduated from Grand View Christian Academy and attended Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, according to his filing paperwork.

Mutchler has no prior government experience. Professionally, he is the owner at Elpis Group Inc.

Mutchler did not file a statement in the voters' pamphlet and did not respond to requests for comments.

Michelle Boren

Boren also is a newcomer challenging Nunn for position 3.

She graduated from Molalla High School and earned a certificate from Proschools. She has a background in teaching children and insurance, and she currently is a business owner.

Boren has some prior government experience, having served as president on the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce board, and she worked with city government and legislative committees to keep local businesses informed and to stand up for small businesses, according to her voters' pamphlet statement.

As a mother, school volunteer, substitute teacher, teacher assistant and office administrator, Boren has a passion for education.

"All children deserve to have a quality education," Boren said. "An education that focuses on learning, rather than agendas."

She supports creating safe schools, empowering teachers and administrators and sound stewardship that shows care for generations to come.

Position 3

Mark Lucht

Lucht has held position 3 since 2012, and he is running unopposed for a new term.

He graduated from Molalla High School and Oregon State University. He works as an information technology manager at Benchmade Knife Co.

Lucht acknowledged in his voters' pamphlet that board service is not easy, and he said he strives to listen.

"My desire to make certain that all viewpoints within our community are heard and validated drives me to continue serving," Lucht said. "…The issues we face are often complex with no viable option that will satisfy everyone. When working through these matters, my focus is to find solutions that unite rather than divide. This includes working for improved transparency at all levels of the district."

Lucht supports conservative financial management that has allowed options and a full academic calendar for Molalla students.

"We are growing rapidly, and our students and schools are the foundation for continuing to develop the unique character of our area," Lucht said.

Position 5

Terrie Stafford

Stafford is a newcomer running unopposed for the position Craig Loughridge currently holds.

She attended Molalla High School and "Childress High" before going on to study business at Concorde Career. Stafford works at Central Coast Medical Billing Services, LLC. She has no prior government experience.

Stafford said in her voters' pamphlet statement that she and her family have been a part of the Molalla community for many years.

Stafford said she recognizes that the board faces challenges to ensure all voices are heard and expectations met.

"I believe these challenges can be addressed by working together and prioritizing our goals," she said. "Open communication is a key factor."

Stafford said she wants to see a school system that values its teachers and staff, is fiscally responsible, has parent involvement and strong community partnerships.

Position 6

Jennifer Satter

Satter has served in position 6 since 2017 and is seeking reelection.

She earned her GED through Reynolds High School and studied accounting at Clackamas Community College. She works as a staff accountant for Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC.

In addition to serving on the school board, Satter also has served on the district's budget committee, the city of Molalla planning commission and the Molalla City Council.

Satter has volunteered in other capacities as well including at the Molalla Warming Center. Her service in the school district began as a parent advocate in support of a middle school bond.

Her goals as a board member are to support classes and programs that prepare students for ongoing education and the work force; to advocate for communication with families and the public; to work with the rest of the board, the administration and community leaders to address the growing population needs; and to address the needs of Molalla's aging school buildings.

Amy McNeil

McNeil is challenging Satter for position 6.

She graduated from Portland Community College and now works as a lead project coordinator. She has some prior government experience as a Clackamas County Precinct Committee Person.

According to her voters' pamphlet statement, McNeil and her family have been active in Molalla for years.

"Our community's future is our children, and those children deserve better," McNeil said.

She said she understands the importance of family involvement and ensuring teachers and staff have the tools they need.

Her goals are to recognize and respect the talents and beliefs of the other board members, staff and students and to create a board that is responsive to the community; to ensure transparency in board and district actions; to ensure fiscal responsibility; enhance services to students; keep open communication; and serve as a model for how a community can work together toward a common goal.


Kristen Wohlers
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503-263-7512
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