In a rare Oregon School Board primary election Tuesday night, Area IV incumbent Wayne Mixdorf and challenger Gwen Maitzen moved on to the general election, outpolling challenger Justin Zander and setting up an interesting race on April 1.
According to OSD administrative assistant Jayne Wick, Mixdorf finished with the most votes with 585, followed closely by Maitzen with 580. Zander received 96 votes. The Town of Brooklyn still had two absentee ballots out, Wick said in an email.
Mixdorf, 63, is a retired clinical social worker who has served on the board since 2011. In his candidate questionnaire, he cited his experience as a “consensus-builder and a decision-maker” when he was in managerial positions.
Matizen, 56, is a retired teacher who worked for 16 years in the district. In her questionnaire, she said she would re-evaluate the district’s budget priorities and implement a “more transparent” budget process, among other initiatives.