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Primozich draws a challenger
Longtime incumbent Stan Primozich is being challenged by Dr. Scott Gibson for Position 6 on the McMinnville School Board. Stan Primozich, a financial advisor, joined the board 19 years ago. Primozich has been with Prudential Financial for 28 years. He has owned a small business and worked in district management for J.C. Penney. He attended the Eastern Washington College of Education, studied business management at Southwestern College and received insurance and investment certificates from Bryn Mawr College. His children all graduated from McMinnville schools. He has several grandchildren who will also be attending local schools, including one who started kindergarten at Memorial this year. Primozich said it was an easy decision to run again because he feels he still has something to contribute. "What drives me is doing what's best for kids," he said. "I don't think that work will ever be done." The biggest issue facing the school district, and education in general these days, is dwindling resources, he said. "Our greatest challenge is finding ways to minimize the impact," he said. He said all people involved with education need to cooperate and work together toward the common goal of providing quality education for young people. Primozich said his life has been dedicated to children. He helped found several youth-focused organizations, including the McMinnville Athletic Club. He has coached youth football and helped organize the Wine & Food Classic, a fundraiser for St. James School. He serves on the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce's government affairs committee and the finance committee at St. James Catholic Church. "We live in a wonderful community," he said. "I want to make certain our educational system is as good or better than they could receive any place." During his years on the board, Primozich said, McMinnville schools have made many strides.
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Board Representative, Position 13 Region: Yamhill/Polk
Stan Primozich, who also serves on the McMinnville School Board, which meets at night, said he doubts evening meetings would increase attendance.
He said people attend only when there is an item of personal importance to them on the agenda. "The first time we did it, people on the list would show up just to show they are serious," he said.
But colleagues Stan Primozich and Allen Springer said it isn't possible to project that far ahead yet.
The vote was 2-1, with Primozich, a 20-year member of the McMinnville School Board, dissenting. "These kids would never dream of doing these things that they are being prepared to avoid," Primozich said during the Monday discussion. He said he "just still can't believe" any parent would approve. "These kids would never dream of doing these things that they are being prepared to avoid," Primozich said during the Monday discussion. He said he "just still can't believe" any parent would approve."
McMinnville residents Sal Peralta and Stan Primozich are headed to a November runoff, after late returns showed Primozich edging past two other candidates to capture second place.
In the early going, it was too close to call for second place among Primozich, Brett Veatch and Bill Willis, with David Russ trailing far behind. Primozich is a longtime McMinnville resident and civic leader. He makes his living as an investment adviser. He has served on the McMinnville School Board for more than 20 years. He has also served on the Oregon School Board Association. Primozich released a prepared statement saying, "I'm very grateful to the voters for giving me the oppertunity to continue my bid for Yamhill County commissioner.