One way to view elections is to look at them as a job-hiring. You consider the resume and the experience and you interview the candidates, and then you choose the one who best fulfills the specific job requirements. After undertaking that process, The Columbian Editorial Board recommends Divya Jain for Evergreen school board member from District 4.
As always, this is merely a recommendation designed to foster discussion. The Columbian trusts that voters in the Evergreen district will examine the candidates and the issues before making an informed decision.
In this race, voters will find two candidates capable of being an effective board member. Rachael Rogers is the incumbent, having been appointed to the board in February, and a strong argument can be made that she warrants a full term. Jain’s resume, however, gives her an edge in this election.
According to her website and information provided to the Voters’ Pamphlet, Jain spent years as a volunteer in Evergreen schools, was co-chair of the Book Fair at Illahee Elementary for six years, kick-started the Geography Passport Club at Illahee and filed a copyright request that allowed the program to be used throughout the district, and started a Science and Art Fair at the elementary school. Jain, whose professional experience is as a business analyst and project manager for the Bonneville Power Administration, has demonstrated the kind of engagement that serves as fertile training ground for a school board member.
Most notably, Jain was inspired to action by her daughter’s experience as a student of Indian descent. That led to the Geography Passport Club, which provides an optional program for students to learn about different nations and cultures. “I truly believe in inclusivity training on microaggressions and implicit bias,” Jain told the editorial board.