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Readers voice their preferences in the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board race

Wyatt, Shiratori will ensure students live healthy lives

As a graduate of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, I want to make sure the next generation is empowered with the information, resources and skills they need to lead their healthiest lives. That's why I'll be voting for school board members who support common-sense community values.

Seiji Shiratori and Kirsten Wyatt should be elected to the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board because they support sexual health education that's accurate, inclusive and effective. Comprehensive sex ed provides young people with the knowledge they need for a lifetime of good health: the ability to love themselves for who they are, make informed decisions about relationships and think critically about the world around them.

This is especially critical at a time when rates of unintended pregnancy among teens in Oregon have reached a historic low. We need to build on that success. Our students deserve better than ineffective "abstinence only" programs that withhold important facts and provide medically inaccurate and stigmatizing information.

It is beyond time for a change in our current school district. Let us help our students by providing them with support and security. Please join me in voting for West Linn-Wilsonville School Board candidates Seiji Shiratori and Kirsten Wyatt. And spread the word to your neighbors to return their ballots by May 18th!

Litzy Loeza

Wilsonville

Shiratori is strong advocate for public education

Wilsonville's excellent schools attract families to our community and create paths for building successful lives in Oregon and the wider world. Our school board shapes and manages that vital resource, so board members' skills, integrity, and wisdom are essential.

Seiji Shiratori grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Willamette University, had a distinguished career as a diplomat and foreign policy expert, and chose to return to Wilsonville to raise his children and work for the Oregon Department of Revenue.

Seiji offers us the opportunity to elect a board member who supports high-quality education and has the exceptional world experience and management skills (including budget management) necessary to effectively oversee our school system. His broad experience, along with his familiarity with the workings of our state government, will help him set policy and hire, evaluate and guide the professionals who manage our schools and teach our children.

A vote for Seiji is a vote for a caring father, an experienced leader, and a strong advocate for public education.

Kate Greenfield

Wilsonville

Taylor committed to every student, every family

I am a former 49-year resident of West Linn; I taught school for 27 years; educated my sons from first grade through West Linn High School, and now have a grandchild in West Linn High School. I know how a strong West Linn/Wilsonville School Board has benefitted the District.

I recently read the powerful statement from Louis Taylor in the West Linn Tidings when he declared his intent to run for the WLVW School Board. I have known Louis for many years and know West Linn will have a strong voice with Louis Taylor on the WLVW School Board.

Every student, every family, that's Louis Taylor's commitment to our district. This is not just a tagline. Louis has committed to giving a voice to underrepresented community members, making space for parent and community feedback, and supporting school district staff and teachers. Louis will made sure outreach efforts and communication efforts are accessible, frequent, and transparent which every family will benefit from.

Please vote for Louis Taylor, WLWV Position 1.

Elizabeth Mays

Lake Oswego

Proud to endorse Sloop

As a parent of West Linn/Wilsonville (WLWV) primary students, I am proud to endorse Kelly Sloop for the WLWV School Board.

Like you, I don't want our kids to just pass; I want our kids to become the very best that they can be. With Kelly Sloop, we can do that. She understands that every family in our community is unique, and so are our kids. Her time as PTA president and a mom, has given Kelly the perspective that our diverse community needs. I believe that Kelly will add a responsible and inclusive approach to what our kids deserve.

Check Kelly's campaign page for upcoming Meet and Greet events. I am a stay-at-home parent and I want the best for all of our kids. Join me in supporting Kelly Sloop for the WLWV School Board.

Bruce Wilson

Wilsonville

Klein will represent kids' best interests

Heidi Klein is exactly the right type of person we need representing our children's best interests in the West Linn-Wilsonville school board. She is a dedicated parent to her three children, and also committed to supporting the community at large, always looking for ways to step up and step in. The fact that she saw this need on the school board and decided to go for it is just one example of her fearlessness. She is super hard working and cares about all kids. Heidi wants to hold the schools accountable for not only getting back into school full time, but for also supporting the kids in what they should be learning. The school board needs to be more transparent and willing to work with families to best educate their children, not work against those families that live in the district. The school board would be lucky to get someone so smart, kind, and genuine on the board. We need people that truly care about the best interest of our children.

Lindsay Sonnenberg Todd

Wilsonville

Shiratori has the right skillset for school board

For many years, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District has enjoyed a reputation for providing a top-tier education program. It has an impressive record of attracting families who move to the district for the schools and outstanding teachers.

We all understand that our future depends on how well we educate today's students so they're prepared for an increasingly complex workplace and that they graduate with an understanding of what it means to be engaged citizens. To ensure this, we need school board leaders who bring real-world, multi-cultural experiences; a deep awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion; and a strong sense of fiscal accountability. We need leaders who support our history of excellence while being willing to listen and ask the difficult questions.

This is why I'm supporting Seiji Shiratori for Position 5 of the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Seiji's career has helped him hone his skills in public policy, finance and administration; diplomacy; advocacy; and management. These qualities alone make Seiji a very qualified candidate. But, it's Seiji's additional abilities that make him an exceptional candidate. He understands the importance of transparency, accountability, fiscal responsibility and listening equally to all the voices in our community.

Mary Closson

Wilsonville

Sloop, Klein will give voice to critical issues

I am writing today to express my support for two candidates for the West Linn Wilsonville school district: Kelly Sloop and Heidi Klein.

I believe one positive side effect of these past few years is that us "average citizens" are finally paying attention. We recognize we've abdicated our responsibility a bit and are starting to correct this through participation in the process.

It turns out, this requires a bit of work to find and evaluate candidates that will represent our children and communities' values, while seeking to create a balanced but dynamic learning environment.

I challenge all readers to do a little extra work this election cycle. Don't just count yard signs.

Instead, ask real questions of our candidates: Will they support full-time, in-person learning?

Will they be willing to push back and cut through political agendas and seek the best learning outcomes for all students? Will they work directly with parents to give voice to critical issues as they arise?

Both Heidi Klein and Kelly Sloop have answered these and other questions swiftly and straightforwardly.

Kelly Sloop has my vote for position 5 and I will vote for Heidi Klein as a write-in candidate for position 3.

Jeff Dean

Tualatin


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