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Jim Harper - NonpartisanEarnest goes to college with Jim Harper, a white-bearded PCC director seeking his third term on the board.
He’s a polite Portlander to a nearly crippling degree, but Harper has real successes he can point to from his tenure: The swift creation of a PCC welding program on Swan Island is exactly the kind of nimble technical education the regional economy is clamoring for.
A veteran of Tektronix and Siltronic, Harper is closely attuned to how poorly Oregon’s workforce is being prepared for real jobs. His pledges to fix the problem are vague, but he’s looking in the right direction—urging the state’s K-12 school system to direct students toward the career training PCC provides.
His opponent, business executive Bernardo Tuma, looks good on paper—Harvard credentials, experience with local government—but he didn’t show up for our endorsement interview.