Newly elected school board members take seats July 1

by: VERN UYETAKE - School board candidate Sarah Howell receives a hug from her mother, Carolyn Wiecks, as congratulations for running a strong campaign at an election night party Tuesday in Lake Oswego. Howell was leading in the race for Position 2 at the time.Voters elected two newcomers to the Lake Oswego School Board and gave an incumbent another term on Tuesday.

According to unofficial results from the three-county election, voters chose Sarah Howell and Liz Hartman for open positions on the board and gave John Wendland another term.

by: VERN UYETAKE - School board candidate Sarah Howell, back right, talks to Deborah Lopardo while additional campaign supporters including, from left, Audrey Mattison, former Mayor Jack Hoffman and Ben Patinkin check election results Tuesday night.As of Wednesday morning, ballot counts showed Howell ahead of Kevin Robertson by 331 votes in the race for Position 2.

“I’m just honored that I might have the opportunity to serve the district this way, and I’m just excited to be a part of this district as a leader,” said Howell, a part-time marketing specialist at Oregon Health and Science University. “I’m in this for the kids, and I’m looking forward to keeping this district great.”

Robertson conceded at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“I think we put together a good campaign, and it was straightforward and from the heart,” said Robertson, a senior vice president with Merrill Lynch.

In Clackamas County, Howell and Robertson were separated by a slim margin: 51.7 percent to 47.9 percent, or 4,553 to 4,218 votes.

In Multnomah County, Howell collected 20 votes, and Robertson had 25 votes. In Washington County, Howell received 10 votes, one more than VERN UYETAKE - School board candidate Kevin Robertson and his wife, Pamela, pose for a photo during an election party Tuesday night in Lake Oswego.

Wendland lands another term

In the race for Position 3, incumbent Wendland maintained a healthy lead with 4,453 votes compared to Karen Delaney’s 3,805 votes in Clackamas County — or 53.7 percent to 45.8 percent.

In Multnomah County, both received 22 votes. In Washington County, Delaney had six votes and Wendland had eight.Wendland

After serving two years in a row instead of the usual year as chairman, Wendland will now step down from that position on the board. Board member Patti Zebrowski will take on the role.

Wendland is relieved that “the election is finally over.” He said the board now must address a “packed agenda,” balancing the budget and focusing on the search for a new superintendent upon Bill Korach’s retirement next year.

Delaney, a homemaker and a Cornell Law School graduate, said she preferred not to comment on the election.

Hartman sweeps unopposed race

Hartman, unopposed for Position 4, received 6,642 votes in Clackamas County, or about 98.3 percent of the total, and there were 116 votes for write-in candidates, or 1.7 percent. In Multnomah County, Hartman earned 27 votes, and in Washington County she garnered 10 of 11 votes with one going to a write-in candidate. All races included some write-in votes.

Hartman from the outset of her campaign made it clear that she was serious about getting her views heard, even if she had no opponent.

At a recent forum, Hartman said: “The biggest issue facing Lake Oswego is funding. The choke chain on funding is the Legislature.”Hartman

As she watched the returns this week, she said she was eager to begin her work on the board.

Newly elected board members will start their four-year terms on July 1.Wendland said it’s time to set aside any divisions that were created during the campaign, for which dozens of letters, positive and negative, for the candidates poured into the Review newsroom.

“I just think it’s a perfect time for all of us to be one community,” said Wendland, president of Portland Bindery.

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