Position 2 on the Evergreen Public Schools board is certain to be in good hands following the November election. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for incumbent Rob Perkins in a race against impressive challenger Bethany Rivard.
As always, this is merely a recommendation. The Columbian trusts that voters will study the candidates and the issues that come with overseeing a school district, before casting an informed ballot.
To be honest, voters cannot go wrong in this contest. Both candidates are well-informed and engaging, demonstrating the kind of vision and the listening skills that make for an effective school board member.
Perkins, a software developer, was appointed to the board in 2014 and then won election in 2015. During an interview with the editorial board, he was thoughtful and engaged, demonstrating the ability to see and explain the nuances of the issues facing schools.
In the Voters’ Pamphlet, Perkins writes: “I have listened broadly to everyone with an interest in good outcomes for kids. Personal success after graduation requires inspiring them to contribute to the common good, teaching necessary skills for the workplace or college, and motivating them to pursue their interests as good citizens and lifelong learners.”