Four candidates run for two seats on Evergreen School board

first_imgEvergreen Public Schools is in a period of transition, and voters next month will have their say in who helps lead that change.Voters in the district, the state’s fifth largest, will make a decision in two school board races. The coming school board will consider sending a bond measure to voters and work with Superintendent John Steach, who took over this year for longtime leader John Deeder.In the District 1 race, incumbent Julie Bocanegra is competing against Megan Miles for the seat. Bocanegra, a vice president branch manager for Columbia Credit Union, received 57.79 percent of the vote in the August primary, while Miles trailed her with 36.77 percent.The candidates differ on what they believe is the most pressing matter for the school district. While Bocanegra said improving school facilities must be top priority for the district, Miles said the district needs to equip classrooms with the tools to support its diverse student body.Both candidates support a potential bond measure.Miles has been endorsed by local labor unions, including SEIU Local 49 and the Evergreen Education Association. Bocanegra, who was appointed to the school board in 2012 and elected in 2013, has been endorsed by her fellow school board members and H-RoC, a political action committee supporting women in elected positions.In the District 5 race, the seat left by retired Michael Parsons, Ginny Gronwoldt is running against Park Llafet. Gronwoldt, the former president of the Evergreen School District Foundation, took first place in the August primary with 49.74 percent of the vote, while Llafet, a piano salesman, received 22.37 percent.last_img