Occupation: Director, Oregon Youth Citizenship Initiative.
Occupational Background: Director, Youth Employability Support Services, Mt. Hood Community College, 2006-2007; Director, Gear-Up, Portland Community College, 2001-2006.
Educational Background: AA in Arts, Mt. Hood Community College, 1987; BS in Social Science, Portland State University, 1988; MA in Education, Portland State University, 1992.
Prior Governmental Experience: Reynolds School Board, 1999-Present, Current Chairman.
As School Board Chairman, John Delivers Results
- Balanced eight district budgets
- Established middle college partnerships that allow students to take classes for college and high school credit
- Lead the effort to reform elementary language instruction, significantly reducing students being identified as "learning disabled."
"John and I have worked on the school board together for years. He's a strong, caring leader who makes informed decisions based on issues. Although I am a Democrat, I support John because of his ability to cross party lines and do what is in the communities' best interest."
Theresa Delaney-Davis; Reynolds School Board
Improving Our Economy Takes More than Talk
- John wants business-friendly tax policies that provide incentives for businesses to come to East County, not run the other way.
- Government – at all levels – needs to be held accountable to their budgets so your money stays where it belongs – in your pocket.
"As a Democrat, there may be things John and I disagree on, but protecting local businesses like mine, creating jobs and moving towards a more stable economy are big priorities for John."
Balwant Bhullar; Fairview Business Owner
Safer Streets and Neighborhoods are Priorities for John
- Increase the presence of police on the streets and provide resources to police officers.
- Focus on developing relationships between non-profit and public safety groups to foster trust and commitment to safer neighborhoods.
- Ensure cooperation between Oregon and Multnomah County to open and fund Wapato Jail.
Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council
IBEW Local 48
Balanced. Reasonable. Experienced.
(This information furnished by Friends of John Nelsen.)