By editorial board • 

Elect Carter, Roberts in contested school races

Local voters will be filling 16 school board seats on May 21, but only five have drawn multiple candidates. Against that backdrop, it’s heartening to see solid fields emerge for two of the three seats up this year in Mac.

After assessing backgrounds, we’re recommending recently retired school employee Barbara Carter, local dentist Tim Roberts and financial adviser Stan Primozich.

Carter is squaring off with Robin Swenson and Nick Scyoc for a seat being vacated by Kathy Cabe. Roberts is facing a re-election challenge from Bill Bordeaux. Primozich has drawn no opposition this time.

Carter’s public school experience is rich and varied. First, she spent 19 years with the McMinnville School District, serving as an educational assistant in the special education program before retiring last year.

Along the way, she headed up the district’s Oregon School Employees Association chapter for several years, representing bus drivers, clerks, cooks, custodians and other support personnel. In that capacity, she helped produce win-win results in challenging contract negotiations — an impressive and encouraging accomplishment.

She added yet another dimension to her portfolio last year when she won appointment to the district budget committee. That she prevailed over two other well-qualified candidates recognizes the reputation she has established in local education circles.

Swenson is the stay-at-home mom of a recent Mac High grad and a Mac High freshman. She has served on the site council at Columbus Elementary and governing board at Bethel Christian, and coordinates the Sunday Supper program at McMinnville Covenant Church.

Scyoc graduated from Mac High a year early in 1999 to join the Marines. He went on serve to in Iraq, get married and have two sons, the elder now in fourth grade. He ran unsuccessfully for city council in November, and has been active in local Republican Party politics and governance.

While all three are well-intended citizens with a penchant for public service, we see Carter as the clear choice. Her lifelong focus on education gives her a background that would serve the district especially well.

Roberts won his board seat in 2007, and has served with distinction ever since.

After graduating from Linfield College, he served a tour in the Air Force, then went to dental school. When he got his degree, he returned to McMinnville to establish his practice.

He has sent a son and three daughters through Mac High, and one of them went on to join him in his practice. He has a long record of community service. Roberts has lent a steady hand to the board as a mature and thoughtful contributor.

Bordeaux taught math and science in the district for 36 years before retiring, so has plenty of experience with educational matters. However, we see no reason to replace Roberts.

Primozich served on the board for 19 years before losing a re-election bid to Scott Gibson. The next time a seat opened, he was welcomed back.

He has been a tireless contributor to both the school district and the larger community for decades.

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