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Goodrich for schools

Liz Goodrich would make an excellent Redmond School Board member. Liz was a high school English teacher, museum educator and training coordinator at Redmond Hospice. She earned a BA in English and a secondary teaching credential from California State University, Chico. She has been an outstanding adult programs coordinator for Deschutes Public Library. Redmond Mayor George Endicott appointed her to the Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee where she learned budgeting, goal setting and working within a team. Liz has lived in Redmond for many years with her husband, an educator and veteran. Their sons attended Redmond schools. Liz believes that creating powerful student-teacher relationships at Redmond High and helping students find their niche will increase attendance and boost graduation rates. She wants the board to increase engagement with the community, reduce class sizes and plan ahead for anticipated population growth. These are just of few of her many great ideas for which she will advocate if elected to the Redmond School Board. We are lucky to have such a well-qualified, hardworking and talented candidate running for the Redmond School Board position, and I encourage my friends and neighbors to vote for her.

Patricia Givens


Vote Andy High

The Bend-La Pine school district is the second-largest employer in our region with nearly 2,000 staff members, and they serve 18,500 students. School board is an elected position, but we certainly don’t need a politician or someone with an activist agenda. We need a savvy leader who brings the same strategic approach to the school board as they do their own business. Andy High is a local business owner, a parent and committed community member. I trust Andy High with our schools and our tax dollars, to be used most effectively and better our district. Andy has a proven record having served us well for six years. Andy supported the 2016 bond, the largest passed in Bend-La Pine history, and helps ensure projects stay on schedule. He has enhanced public input process for big decisions like changing school start times. And Andy has led the effort for the district to keep innovating and preparing students for careers of the future. Vote Andy High for Bend-La Pine School Board. We need Andy High to continue his service on the Bend-La Pine School Board. Vote Andy High by May 21.

Patrick O’Keefe


Elect Montgomery

Shimiko Montgomery will be a powerful new voice on the Bend-La Pine School Board. She is a strong advocate for equitable, safe and inclusive schools and believes that race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity or social status should not prevent any student from reaching their full potential. Montgomery wants to foster a districtwide culture where all students are valued and are engaged. She wants to implement diversity, equity and inclusion training for students and educators. That’s one of the many reasons she has the support of the Bend Education Association.

Her opponent Andy High is a nice guy. But his campaign is heavily financed by the same special interests who sought to buy two Bend City Council seats in 2018. He draws considerable support from businesses he served as lobbyist for the Central Oregon Builders Association.

Voters rejected special interest money in 2018, and they can do so again May 21 by electing Shimiko Montgomery to the Zone 3 seat on the Bend-La Pine School Board.

Michael Funke


Facts of Mueller investigation

Regarding Les Adams’ letter dated May 1, 2019, titled “Stick to facts.” It seems everyone who reads or watches TV concerning the Mueller report presents it with some inherent bias. I would like to quote the report and let the people of Central Oregon draw their own conclusions:

“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

I hope this will set the record straight and show everyone there was no collusion with the Russians from the Trump campaign.

Wally Long