By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Two seek vacant seat on Amity School Board

Voters will choose Hudson’s replacement in the May 21 election. Ballots are due out early in the month.

Stephens is a special education assistant in the Willamina School District, where she has worked for 17 years. A graduate of McMinnville High School and Chemeketa Community College, she has 20 years of experience in the classroom. 

A longtime advocate for better schools, she has lobbied on school issues at both the state and federal levels. She has held several positions in her union, including president and bargaining team representative, in addition to serving on the Amith High School principal selection committee.

Stephens and her husband raised four daughters, all of whom attended Amity schools. They received a quality education, and she’d like to make sure students continue to receive the same quality, she said.

“I know how important strong schools are for our community,” she said. Her experience with her own children and as an educator have given her a perspective on how schools can better serve students, she said.

Jones serves as farm manager for Select Seed in addition to running his own farm. At one point during his 25-year career in agriculture, he owned and operated a custom straw-stacking business. 

He is a graduate of Chemeketa and Amity High School, where he was active in FFA. He has a son in seventh grade at Amity Middle School and a daughter in fourth grade at Amity Elementary School.

He serves on the Amity Planning Commission, the Amity Pioneer Cemetery Board and the Yamhill County Farm Bureau Board.

Jones said he is running because he wants to help the school district and bring the schools and community together to build a stronger program. His goals include helping the educational programs grow, especially in science, math, writing and technology, “subjects key to enabling our students to be prepared for college and a career in an increasingly competitive job market.”

Also running in the May 21 election are two unopposed candidates. Incumbent Paul Dauenhauer is seeking re-election in Position 2 and newcomer Matthew Foertsch is seeking election in Position 4.

Board members elected in May will take office July 1.

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