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May 1st, 2013 WW Staff | Elections
 

Chew on This

Sure, we’re about to vote on fluoride, but also on issues about kids and open spaces. Here are WW’s endorsements for the May 21 ballot.

Portland Community College Zone 5

Ken Madden - Nonpartisan

If there’s one place community colleges should outpace four-year institutions, it’s in hands-on job training. As owner of Madden Industrial Craftsmen and Madden Fabrication, Ken Madden says PCC needs to stay nimble and update course offerings as necessary job skills also change.

Madden—running for the first time to serve a zone that covers Beaverton and Southwest Portland—is co-chairman of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Oregon Workforce Investment Board and chairman of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce. And he helped establish a scholarship fund at the school and serves on the PCC Foundation board.

He may be a bit of a rubber stamp—“I think the school’s perfect at this point,” he tells WW—in seeking to replace outgoing board member David Squire. (His opponent, David Solomon, failed to file a Voters’ Pamphlet statement.)

Madden’s obvious commitment to PCC—coupled with his real-world business experience—makes him the clear choice.

Measures:  26-151: Fluoridation | 26-150: Children's Levy | 26-152: Natural Areas

Portland Public Schools: Zone 4 | Zone 6 

Portland Community College: Zone 2 | Zone 4 | Zone 5

Multnomah Education Service District: Position 1 | Position 2 | Position 3

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