With the filing deadline for the May 18 election having come and gone, candidates for the Newberg School District board of directors are set and will be at the mercy of the voters. Two candidates filed for Zone 1, two for Zone 4 and three for Zone 5.
Incumbent Ron Mock will take on challenger Trevor DeHart in the Zone 1 race. Mock has served on the school board since 2012 and the Dundee Planning Commission from 2001 to 2013. He is a professor emeritus of politics and peace studies at George Fox University and is the director of the school's Civility Project.
DeHart is a longtime engineer who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1989 to 1995 and in the Oregon Air National Guard from 1995 to 2017. He attended Newberg High School before attending the Academy of Military Science and later receiving a master's degree in engineering at Oregon State University. He has no prior government experience.
Ines Peña is the incumbent in Zone 4, having been appointed in 2019 as the first Latina to ever serve on the board. She brings a breadth of experience as deputy director of the Capaces Leadership Institute in Woodburn and is a graduate of Newberg High School and Linfield College.
Peña's challenger is John Read, a self-employed owner and operator of a pest control company and Self Store Mini Storage, according to his application. He lists no prior experience in a government or nonprofit setting, but served a two-year mission in Mexico for his church.
A trio of candidates will vie for the Zone 5 position, including incumbent and longtime board member Bob Woodruff. He has served on the board since 2015 and on the board's budget committee for just as long. Previously, Woodruff was on the Edwards Elementary site council. He is employed as a ranger for Oregon State Parks.
Tai Harden is one of Woodruff's two challengers, the founder of Moore Consultants and an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at Portland Community College. Harden previously worked in a variety of administrative roles for the Susan G. Komen foundation, Urban League of Portland and George Fox University, among other organizations. She has not served in government before.
The third candidate for Zone 5 is Renee Powell, an artist and design consultant who has previously worked as a realtor and art teacher in the area. Powell is an outsider as well, not having served in a government setting before.
For more information on the candidates who filed for Newberg School Board or any other positions on the May 18 ballot, visit co.yamhill.or.us/content/current-year-elections.
For further details on candidates for CPRD or other positions on the May 18 ballot, visit the same webpage.
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