A candidate for Spokane School Board, position 5, Spokane Public Schools in the 2017 Washington General Election, Nov. 7
Party: No party
Education: Graduated from University High School in 1994. Associate’s degree in theology from Beacon University, 2000.
Political experience: Worked on Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ campaign in 2016.
Work experience: Background in sales and fundraising. Recently started a consulting business. Currently director for business development with The Jonah Project, a nonprofit dedicated to ending sex slavery in Spokane.
Family: Divorced. Four children who attend schools in Central Valley School District.
Campaign contributors: Has raised about $10,300, including donations from Spokane County Republican Party Chairwoman Stephanie Cates, former candidate for state superintendent Erin Jones, gospel church The Bridge, former U.S. Attorney James McDevitt and Max J. Kuney Co.
Top priorities as a school board candidate: “Highlight the important aspects of education locally, especially the issues facing our most vulnerable students – those that are homeless, hungry and at risk. Also, I want to make sure we are having conversations about what we want our workforce to look like and assess if we are making strides towards achieving those goals. As a school board member my priorities would be very similar. Bottom line – we have to make sure we are making decisions to help ALL of our students succeed and prepare them for the future path that best suits their unique talents and desires.”
Incumbent school board member Mike Wiser beat challenger Jennifer Thomas in Spokane’s only contested board race.
A small donation made to a Spokane Public Schools board candidate appears to violate federal tax law.
Whoever becomes Spokane Public Schools newest board member will inherit a slough of thorny and difficult questions. And while both candidates running for that honor have similar goals and concerns, their approach and experiences differ.
Wiser demonstrated greater knowledge about the many education challenges ahead. He has invested a lot ot time volunteering at schools and has an impressive resume and work background.
Candidates answer questions about the roles they would play on the Spokane Public School Board.