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Voters select Barman

Zebrowski also elected to the school board
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO BOB BARMAN

Lake Oswego will welcome Patti Zebrowski and Bob Barman to seats on the school board on July 1, based on the unofficial returns from Tuesday's special election.

Barman ran in a competitive race for Position 5 against Audrey Monroe and Tamara DiVergilio.

As of Wednesday's count, Barman had earned 4,136 votes in Clackamas County, 12 in Multnomah County and 11 in Washington County. This gave him more than 45 percent of the votes. Monroe was 700 votes behind Barman with 3,429 votes in all counties, and DiVergilio trailed with 1,511.

'First, I want to congratulate Audrey and Tamara for running incredible campaigns,' Barman said. 'I enjoyed getting to know them - they are both very dedicated to our kids.

'I'd like to thank my family, particularly Katy, and the unbelievable amount of kind friends who have helped me in this campaign.

'I look forward to working with the board to make a difference and move forward.'

Barman has been a committed school volunteer since he and his family moved to Lake Oswego in 1986. He served as Waluga Junior High PTO president, and co-chaired the committee to bring home football games to Lakeridge High School.

Barman is currently focused on encouraging businesses to donate to the LOSD Foundation.

He and his wife own a chain of Chevron and Union 76 stations in Oregon and California. He now serves as the treasurer of the Oregon Petroleum Association and was a past national president of the Union 76 Station Owners Council.

Barman's twin sons, Ryan and Christopher are sophomores at Lakeridge High School.

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Zebrowski, the only school board candidate from the north side of the lake, ran uncontested for Position 1.

With most of the ballots counted Wednesday morning, she had earned 6,704 votes, including 30 votes in Multnomah County and three in Washington County.

Zebrowski has lived in Lake Oswego for 13 years. She has three daughters, one at Georgetown University, one graduating in June from Lake Oswego High School and one who is a freshman at Lake Oswego High School.

'I hope that my participation on the board can help build a foundation for the future, a future that keeps our track record of providing excellence and diversity of programs in our schools intact,' Zebrowski said.

Zebrowski is an active volunteer and board member on the Lake Oswego High School PTO.

She had a previous career in high tech marketing and management with Hewlett Packard and Pacific Telesis.

As for her new position on the school board, Zebrowski says, 'I hope that I am able to do two things very well. First, I want to be a source of creative and practical ideas … Second, I want to work productively with my fellow board members.'

Incumbents Bill Swindells and Curt Sheinin have both served two, four-year terms and were not eligible to run again.