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7 apply for vacancy on Everett School Board
EVERETT - Seven people have applied for the Everett School Board seat abruptly vacated by Jeff Russell earlier this month.
The applicants are: Kristine Harper-Petereit, Rodman Reynolds, George Reynolds, Cris Larson, Traci Mitchell, Caroline Mason, and Myrna Overstreet.
Larson and Reynolds both have run for the six-year office in recent years, with Reynolds losing in a close race to Ted Wenta in the November election. Both Larson and Rodman Reynolds did not advance in a six-person 2011 primary for the seat Pam LeSesne won.
Up to five finalists will be selected during a closed-door session at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 6 meeting. The finalists will go through a public interview process at a special Thursday, Jan. 9 board meeting starting at 3 p.m., and the board will decide the winner after a closed-door session.
The term lasts through 2015.
Russell unexpectedly resigned from the school board on Dec. 1 and from his job as pastor of Central Lutheran Church.
The candidates
Larson is a former teacher who started a nonprofit to mentor children.
Mitchell is a hospital pharmacy manager who served five years on the Everett Public Schools Foundation board.
George Reynolds is a banker specializing in nonprofit funding, board member of a homeless assistance nonprofit and chair of a low-income seniors health nonprofit.
Rodman Reynolds is a parent watchdog who is pursuing a Certified Fraud Examiner certificate.
Mason is a marketing professional who participates in the Everett School District’s fiscal advisory committee and supported previous school levy efforts.
Harper-Petereit is a longtime PTA president and former political consultant who supported past levy efforts.
Overstreet taught at the grade school level and at Everett Community College. She is currently the Everett High School PTA president.
In other news, the school board selected its officers for next year at its Dec. 10 meeting.
LeSesne will be board president and Carol Andrews will be vice president. Wenta was named board legislative representative.


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