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Vancouver School District

Director, Position #2, Junta Escolar Vancouver

  • Incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega is running to retain Vancouver School Board, Position 2. She is a small business owner and was a family resource coordinator with Vancouver Public Schools for five years. Zavala-Ortega was appointed in this seat in April of this year.

    Zavala-Ortega started as a kindergartener in Vancouver Public Schools speaking no English. She is proud of the fact that she was a proficient speaker when she graduated and she wants to provide that same opportunity for all students. Zavala-Ortega also wants to use her experience as a business owner to implement responsible budgets for the district. Her campaign is emphasizing rebuilding trust in the community and emphasizing academic achievements.

    Sandra Zavala-Ortega

    Incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega is running to retain Vancouver School Board, Position 2. She is a small business owner and was a family resource coordinator with Vancouver Public Schools for five years. Zavala-Ortega was appointed in this seat in April of this year.

  • Also in the race for Vancouver School Board, Position 3 is Chartisha Roberts. She works with PeaceHealth, Legacy Systems, and TriMet and is a committee co-chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. She also serves as a mentor for young people in the Vancouver community.

    Roberts' campaign priorities include creating a more inclusive environment in the school district, prioritizing the mental health of students, expanding implicit bias training programs, and having more community conversations about how we can create a space where everyone can thrive.

    Chartisha Roberts

    Also in the race for Vancouver School Board, Position 3 is Chartisha Roberts. She works with PeaceHealth, Legacy Systems, and TriMet and is a committee co-chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. She also serves as a mentor for young people in the Vancouver community.

Otros Candidatos

Also in this race are Kathleen OClaire and Michelle Belkot. OClaire is a school risk manager with Vancouver Public Schools. She does not have a campaign website or clear platform as of mid-July. Belkot is a veteran who works in construction and engineering contracts. Her platform is not robust and emphasizes the need for in-person learning without acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic that forced students and teachers to be remote for months.

Director, Position #3, Junta Escolar Vancouver

  • Incumbent Wendy Smith is running for re-election to Vancouver School Board, Position 3. Smith has served as a school board director since 2017 and was previously a teacher for 17 years. Her campaign platform is focused on addressing the mental health challenges facing students, improving the school board's transparency, and supporting dual-language programs. Smith wants to respect community demands to ensure resources are allocated to programs that will improve the lives of students.

    Smith is facing Megan Gabriel and Jorge Bailey in this race. Gabriel is the project manager of the Oak Creek Elementary School Garden Program. In her interview with our local council, Gabriel lacked detailed answers and did not offer a progressive vision for the district. Bailey directs three non-profit organizations in the Clark County area but similarly lacks a detailed campaign platform or a progressive vision for the role.

    Smith is the best choice in the race for Vancouver School Board, Position 3.

    Wendy Smith

    Incumbent Wendy Smith is running for re-election to Vancouver School Board, Position 3. Smith has served as a school board director since 2017 and was previously a teacher for 17 years.