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Classified employee union endorses Barman, Wallin

Lake Oswego’s classified school employees union has endorsed Bob Barman and John Wallin in the May 19 school board election.

Wallin is running unopposed for Position 1 on the board. Barman, the incumbent, faces business owner Ed Hutson for Position 5.

Melissa Siegel, president of the Lake Oswego School Employee Association-Classified, told employees in a letter Friday that the union’s legislative committee met with all of the candidates; explored their websites, Facebook pages and other public information; and sent each a questionnaire to gauge their positions on contracting out work, part-time hours, health insurance costs and other issues important to LOSEA’s membership.

The union is endorsing Barman, Siegel said, because he has “continuously shown his commitment to our district by asking the difficult questions, standing by his convictions and advocating for all. Barman possesses an in-depth understanding of the many challenges facing classified employees.”

Barman has more than 30 years of experience in Lake Oswego’s schools and in the community, Siegel said. “Having been an active parent in elementary, middle and high school, he has seen firsthand how classified play a vital part in the education of our students.”

Wallin has more than 14 years of experience volunteering for the Lake Oswego School District and in the community, Siegel said, including serving on the Schools Foundation board and playing a key role in the local option levy renewal.

“Mr. Wallin's knowledge of classified is reflected in his answers both in person and from the questionnaire,” Siegel said.

Ballots for the May 19 election are expected to be mailed to voters April 29-30.

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