Incumbent encourages voters to choose between other candidates in May election

In an announcement at the March 30 school board meeting, Bob Woodruff said he would be withdrawing from the race for Zone 5 director after six years of service. He did not provide a specific reason for his sudden withdrawal.

Woodruff's name will still appear on voters' ballots in the May 18 election, but he encouraged voters to pick someone else.COURTESY PHOTO - Bob Woodruff has withdrawn his candidacy for another term on the Newberg School District board of directors.

"I just wanted to share with folks that I am withdrawing as a candidate for the school board in the upcoming election," he said. "Unfortunately, it's too late to have my name removed from the ballot, but I am asking folks to choose one of the other two candidates for Zone 5."

Woodruff did not provide any additional comment on his decision, which leaves just two candidates in the race: Tai Harden-Moore and Renee Powell.

Harden-Moore is the founder of Moore Consultants and an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at Portland Community College. She 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.

Harden-Moore, a Black woman, has expressed the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in Newberg schools and is an advocate for anti-racist policies, which the board has pursued and adopted in recent years.

Powell is an artist and design consultant who previously worked as a Realtor and art teacher in the area. Much like Harden-Moore, Powell is an outsider, not having served in any government setting before.

Woodruff, who has not endorsed either candidate, had served on the board since 2015 and previously on the Edwards Elementary site council. He is a ranger for Oregon State Parks.

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