Albany officials hold on to seats
Albany School Board
*Rebecca Mather (I) 477
*Wayne Mueller (I) 466
*Jason Lindgren (I) 441
Karen Henry 257
ALBANY Three incumbents up for re-election to the Albany School Board easily held their seats Tuesday.
Rebecca Mather, Wayne Mueller and Jason Lindgren outpolled challenger Karen Henry, who owns a small business.
Mather got 477 votes, followed by Mueller with 466, Lindgren with 441 and Henry with 257. Three seats were open in Tuesday’s election.
District Administrator Stephen Guenther said voter turnout was remarkably high.
Lindgren, a corporate manager of IT application systems, said he was pleased with the election results.
“Obviously we are on the front lines of some significant fiscal challenges,” said Lindgren, who has served on the board since 2010. “I think the public’s awareness is really up as we strive to retain quality teachers and provide the best education that we can.
“I think the turnout is certainly representative of people’s concerns.”
Victorious challengers Mather and Mueller were unavailable for comment Tuesday night.
Mather is associate outreach specialist for the UW School of Human Ecology. She has served on the Albany board since 2005.
Her main campaign goals were to ensure that students are taught 21st century skills; collaborate with teachers, administration and school staff; bring excellence and innovation to the classroom, and use state and community resources wisely and effectively.
Mueller is director of operations for Dahlen Systems. He has served on the school board since 2008.
He listed his campaign goals as tackling a difficult budget environment through innovative use of resources. Another challenge, he said, is to keep up with technology and keep it relevant in education.