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School board seats open

By Brenda Sexton

The Courier-Herald

Enumclaw, Carbonado and White River school board incumbents all have indicated early plans to seek re-election this fall.

The filing period for both King and Pierce counties is July 25-29.

Enumclaw

Both Mike Goodfellow and Andrew Willner say there is unfinished business to take care of in the Enumclaw School District and they plan to see it through.

Goodfellow, who has served on the board since January 1999, will run for District Director No. 2 seat again.

"I'm proud of the district and think we have a lot more things to do," Goodfellow said.

Goodfellow's district includes the area south of state Route 410 to the White River and east toward Mud Mountain. His district also encompasses part of the city from Semanski Street east and Griffin Avenue south.

A certified public accountant practicing in Enumclaw for more than 26 years, Goodfellow has a student still attending Enumclaw High. An EHS graduate himself, he has also served as a past or present member of Enumclaw Hospital Foundation board of trustees, Juvenile Court Conference Committee, city of Enumclaw Planning Commission and city of Enumclaw Comprehensive Plan Citizen Review Team.

Willner will also run again for his open seat. Willner said there are many programs in the district he is especially proud of including the 100 percent graduation rate of seniors in the Enumclaw Adventure School and would like to continue to see those programs through.

Willner serves District Director No. 5, an area that roughly includes Melody Park, areas north of Enumclaw High to Roosevelt Avenue, Osceola and along 180th to S.E. 400th.

Willner, a physician at Enumclaw Medical Center, has served on the board a number of years. He initially served representing District Director No. 2 from 1981 to 1986. In 1993, he was elected to serve as the District Director No. 5 representative. He was re-elected in 1997 and 2001. He currently serves as board president.

White River

Three seats will open on the White River School Board with John McArtor, Joe Dieringer and Denise Vogel all indicating they will run again.

Dieringer, a retired dairyman and former Buckley City Council member, is the veteran among those with open seats. He was last elected in 2001. He serves Director District No. 4, which is located east of state routes 410 and 165 in the area of Elk Ridge Elementary School and Glacier Middle School. He is a lifelong resident of Buckley and a graduate of White River High School.

McArtor replaced longtime board member Tony Abeyta in the District Director No. 1 in November. The Director District No. 1 position covers the area south of the Old Buckley-Sumner Highway and west of 234th Avenue East in the Foothills Elementary School area.

McArtor worked with the Veterans Administration in five different regional offices until his retirement in 1995. Just prior to his retirement, in 1992, McArtor moved his family into the White River School District. After his retirement, he became an active volunteer in the district in areas like the soccer and Connections programs. He has seven children, one still attending school in the district.

Vogel is the newest member, having been selected by the board in June to fill the District Director No. 3 vacancy left by veteran Peter Shook.

Vogel, a stay-at-home mother of four, represents the South Prairie area and a portion of Wilkeson. If elected in November, she will serve a four-year term.

Vogel, who has two elementary-aged children, another at the high school and one who is a recent graduate, is familiar with the district and its operations. She has served on a number of district committees including the bond committee.

Carbonado

Carbonado Historical School District also has two seats open and, according to a source, both Laurie McNabb and Andrew Mills will likely run again.

Mills, who represents the District Director No. 2 position, ran unopposed in 2001. McNabb is completing a term in the District Director No. 1 chair.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at bsexton@courierherald.com.

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