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John P. Hatcher

A candidate for Mead School Board, district 3, Mead School District in the 2019 Washington General Election, Nov. 5

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Age: 69

City: Spokane, WA

Education: Graduated from Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon, in 1969. Earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1977. Earned a master’s degree in health services administration from Whitworth in 1985.

Political experience: Candidate for Mead School District board in 2015.

Work experience: Occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with varied work experience, including time as director of therapy services at Interlake School, founder of the occupational therapy program at Shriner’s Hospital and as school therapist for Spokane Public Schools and ESD 101. Founder and owner of Spokane Occupational and Hand Therapy. Adjunct instructor at Spokane Falls Community College and guest lecturer at Eastern Washington University. Retired in 2014. Vietnam veteran.

Family: Married. Has two children who both attended Mead schools and graduated from Mead High School.

Race Results

Candidate Votes Pct
Bob Olson 7,883 57.08%
John P. Hatcher 5,927 42.92%

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Mead school board race pits veteran against newcomer critical of how district handled recent cuts

Bob Olson, who has on the Mead School District board for 34 years, says stability on the board will help the district navigate a difficult period. His challenger in the Nov. 5 election, John Hatcher, disagrees. Hatcher says the district “needs new ideas and input.”