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Former School Board Chair Endorses Imel, Haffner, Henton and Lopez-Dauenhauer for May 18 Election

Updated: May 17

As submitted to The Bend Bulletin for publication.


Serving on the Bend-La Pine Schools Board was one of the biggest rewards of my life and it should be for anyone who takes on the role. Parents and students need to have a voice at the table and that, primarily, is what the school board is there to do—to represent the interests of families.


I have been watching the latest election from the sidelines and am struck by the overwhelming negativity directed at four candidates seeking to make a difference by taking politics out of the classroom and concentrating on common sense priorities that most parents would agree on.

It shouldn’t be about party politics, it shouldn’t be about divisive theories or other political agendas defining curriculum or policies. The school board should be focused on getting our children back to having the highest graduation rates in the state, all of our students taking the ACT and preparing them for the next milestone in their lives: either going to college or going to work in the trades. Board members have a duty to make sure all kids have the opportunity to succeed, not wasting time and resources in the pursuit of personal ideologies.


I have been watching the latest election from the sidelines and am struck by the overwhelming negativity directed at four candidates seeking to make a difference: taking politics out of the classroom and concentrating on common sense priorities that most parents would agree on. In fact, it’s notable that their opponents have not provided any such detail to let voters know exactly what they want to do and why they should be elected. From the city council to current school board members, the mayor and even the district attorney, they’ve all gotten into the action and all are opposed to them. It seems the insiders don’t like the challenge.


COVID lockdowns have been an eye-opener for many families who struggled with their children stuck at home, and they also revealed that many of the problems in education long pre-exist the pandemic. We can’t be distracted from fixing the system.


I believe it’s time for a new school board representing parents and, for this reason, I am proud to endorse and encourage others to vote for Wendy Imel, Jon Haffner, Gregg Henton and Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer.



Andy High

Former Bend-La Pine Schools Board Chair (2017-2019)

Member/Vice Chair 2014-2019


Disclaimer: Bend-La Pine Schools does not endorse any candidate. Click logo to visit official district website for more information and latest news about the schools. Related posts: * A Parents Guide To Politics In The Classroom * An Open Letter To All Bend-La Pine Voters * Endorsements

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