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Voters keep one incumbent, oust another

One incumbent was ousted and one retained her seat on the Hillsboro School Board in Tuesday’s election.

Longtime board member Rebecca Lantz lost her bid for re-election to Erik Seligman, while Janeen Sollman retained her seat against A. Richard Vial.

In a third contested race, Glenn Miller beat Jaime Rodriguez and Mik Sander for Position 2.

Seligman, 43, was elected with 55 percent of the vote, while Lantz, who was running for a third term, received 44 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns from the Washington County Elections Office.

The two candidates offered stark differences in their views on the direction of the Hillsboro School District.

Seligman ran his campaign based on giving parents more choices in their children’s education.

“The people said it’s time to make some changes in the school system,” Seligman said Wednesday morning.

Seligman said he wants the school district to begin “treating the charter school (City View Charter School) more fairly. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be allowed to expand,” he said.

The district’s only charter school currently has a long waiting list for student slots. Additionally, Seligman said he wants to address other educational options within and outside the district.

“People shouldn’t be restricted to their neighborhood schools,” he said. He wants all students in the district to have access to the handful of schools that focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

He also wants to discuss what he calls the district’s “half-hearted approach” to the open enrollment law. Hillsboro has agreements with neighboring Forest Grove and Beaverton to not allow student transfers between districts.

Miller won the three-way race for Position 2, which is being vacated by 21-year school board veteran Carolyn Ortman. Miller garnered 48 percent of the vote; Rodriguez, who was endorsed by state Reps. Ben Unger and Joe Gallegos, got 40 percent and Mik Sander got 11 percent.

Miller, a senior business systems analyst at Viasystems in Forest Grove, is a member of the district’s budget committee. He also volunteers at Liberty High School, where his daughter is a student.

Sollman was elected to a second term on the board. She received 58 percent of the vote to Vial’s 41 percent.

She works as a recycling and materials coordinator for Vernier Software & Technology in Beaverton and currently serves as the school board’s chairwoman.




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