Two teachers win re-election on Gladstone School Board
Gladstone School Board members and teachers in nearby districts, Tracey Grant and Greg Lind, easily won re-election according to unofficial May 18 election results showing them with about 60% of the vote.
Grant and Lind were first elected to the Gladstone School Board in 2017, and both have daughters who attended Gladstone public schools.
Grant has been a teacher in the North Clackamas District for 28 years, with experience teaching at all levels from kindergarten to grade 12.
Lind has taught in the David Douglas School District for 21 years. He also has work experience in education technology. He's a 1987 graduate of Gladstone High School, where he has coached the soccer and basketball teams.
Donna (Coates) Diggs, an English-language development teacher in the Canby School District for the past 15 years, unseated Gladstone School Board member Jeremy Schumacher, a pastor at Good Roots Community Church, according to initial vote tallies showing Diggs with 58% to Schumacher's 41%.
Diggs received endorsements from State Rep. Mark Meek, Gladstone and state teachers unions, and Gladstone City Councilors Tracy Todd, Annessa Hartman and Matt Tracy.
"My main priority is to provide a needed equity lens as decisions are made and policies are implemented," Diggs wrote in the Voters' Pamphlet. "This role is critical in assuring that our minority and underrepresented students, like my daughter, receive equitable support."
In the fourth race, Ginger Zimtbaum ran unopposed for an open seat. She describes herself as a career stay-at-home mom of 10th and sixth graders who has dedicated the past 11 years to volunteering for Gladstone schools with annual community-building events such as the Spring Carnival, Movie Nights and Jog-A-Thon, raising an average of $24,000. She worked several years as a substitute instructional assistant in Gladstone.
"I know where we excel and I know areas where we need to improve," Zimtbaum wrote. "My passion and vast experience as a parent, volunteer, leader, advocate and educator makes me a well rounded candidate who understands Gladstone Schools from multiple perspectives."
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