City: Millwood, Washington
Education: Graduated from Tahoma High School in Maple Valley in 1979. Earned communication bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in 1984.
Political experience: Has served on the West Valley School Board since 2014.
Work experience: Has worked since 2009 as media and communications manager at STCU credit union. Worked at The Spokesman-Review for 21 years, primarily as a reporter. Served as a member of the Millwood Planning Commission for five years. Volunteered at the Millwood farmers market for six years. Organized Millwood’s “Culture, Race, and Understanding” speaker series. Volunteered with the West Valley Band Boosters for several years, and served as president for one year.
Family: Married to Pam Hansen. Has two children and one grandson.
For the West Valley School District, as for districts across the state, navigating the implications of the state Supreme Court case that forced Legislators to boost education spending will be among the greatest challenges in coming years. Both incumbents for the West Valley School Board elections said the district is in good shape, but they emphasized financial uncertainty brought on by the state’s latest push to adequately fund education, as a primary concern.