In November of 2022, I wrote a story about the Hillsboro School Board election that was going on. I did not know any of the candidates, but I saw and paid attention to the massive election signs that were put up all over the City of Hillsboro. In the Herald’s 2022 story, Integrity & Guerilla Tactics Expose Themselves In Local School Board Election, I pointed out the fact that a panel of candidates supported by Communities For Sensible Schools had posted these signs around the City. The signs openly violated the signage codes on the books in the City of Hillsboro. The article compared the 2022 candidates, called out the lack of ethics being used, and questioned the ability to advise our kids and families fairly. After all, if a candidate wants to openly start the relationship with the people of Hillsboro by violating codes and ethics, what else would they be willing to do? Send your cell phone unwanted texts repeatedly? Sure. Why not. As an Independent voter, I was hammered by this conservative group last year with text after text, and it SUCKED!!
Now, just six months later, a slate of new candidates is running under the Communities For Sensible School’s flagship. By now, you should have all seen the 4 ft by 8 ft foot blue signs spread out around the City and beyond. Hell, the signs are being placed outside of Hillsboro, including in front of the Aloha Surplus Gun and Military store miles from the Hillsboro school boundaries. That news broke last night- how timely; read up here.
This year’s group of conservative candidates being promoted by Communities For Sensible Schools are:
Terri Kam, Shawna Arns, and Dr. Bart Rask. I can personally say that I know and like both Rask and Arns. They are very friendly and solid people in my experience. I do not know Kam. But it is said that you can learn a lot by looking at the footprints that people leave behind them and by following the money.
Before I make this recommendation to you, I want to clarify that I am a political Independent and I often am appalled by the likes of Kate Brown, Adam Schiff, and Janeen Sollman. I am also a former Rush Limbaugh – Ronald Reagan conservative. Hell, I was even listening to Lars Larson for years. Imagine that. But life, time, and realizing that hate and White Power are not who I am led me away from those darker days. Now I walk in the middle and try to support everyone who is a force for good. Good, and real freedom.
At the end of a very long look at this grouping, and being a fair-minded individual and knowing our City and people the way I do, I must conclude that this group is not the right group to take us forward as a school district. I can say that the answers the Herald received from Doctor Rask in the earlier article, while articulate, left the question of book banning and treatment of LGBTQ students hanging in precarious and uncommitted space. The other candidates did not want to respond.
But there is a lot more to why I am so concerned.
Rask has children in Hillsboro schools and is listed as the Director of Communities For Sensible Schools. Fair enough. Joining him is Johnathan Gilbert, who lives in the Beaverton school district. They are a Political Action Committee in the State of Oregon. Read the latest on them right here- https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/printerFriendly.do?OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=DPKM-4LWP-LWQ0-36GI-2C87-BHTJ-ZIMK-3P6S
Using the website https://www.portlandrecord.com/state-campaign-finance/pac/20761.html I could begin looking at the amount of money funding this PAC, where it was coming from, and where it is going to. It is all pretty standard, but there is a lot of it ($$$$) flowing for a local school board race. A lot. Most of it seems to be coming from Dr. Rask himself. No problem there either; the man wants to win and make a difference. That is his God-given right.
But things get weird when you track the money. Here is what we see as of tonight at the State of Oregon Campaign Finance site. Check this out: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/cneSearch.do?cneSearchButtonName=search&cneSearchFilerCommitteeId=20761&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=DPKM-4LWP-LWQ0-36GI-2C87-BHTJ-ZIMK-3P6S
On the right, we noted that a substantial sum, 20,000 dollars, was spent at Blitz Canvassing, LLC today. There is no Blitz Canvassing, LLC registered in Oregon, but we found a company specializing in Campaigns and influencing outcomes located outside of Oregon. This is probably who received that $ 20,000 dollar today. If they did, get ready because you (and me too) are about to get blasted with inbound texts geo-politically targeted at those of us in Hillsboro and of voting age, and maybe even those who deep data caches know are possibly leaning. This would be the same thing I and others experienced last year which we reported on in 2022. Not sure how legal that is or ethical, but this race seems important enough to damn the torpedos.
Ok, now look at the left set of arrows. The Communities for Sensible Schools has spent just a tad under $30,000 with Noble Consulting, LLC. Stan Pulliam, the current Mayor Of Sandy, owns that firm. What? Here is what the Noble website says:
“Led by seasoned business and political communication experts, Stan and MacKensey Pulliam, Noble Consulting is a business, economic development, communications, public affairs and political consulting firm with a focus on digital marketing, public relations, issues advocacy, messaging and communications, fundraising and political organizing.”
Remember this guy? The most obnoxious candidate to run for Governor or any position in years? Could be. One thing appears pretty certain, Communities For Sensible Schools like this man a whole lot. Why and what he and his company have been hired for is a complete mystery to us at this point.
Pulliam and his wife were in the press a while back for admitting they had been active in the swinging community in Oregon. This article featured those admissions in People – https://people.com/politics/oregon-gubernatorial-candidate-confirms-he-was-in-swingers-group/ and the Oregonian in a 2022 story.
While I am sure we do not understand why the good Doctor would choose to align his political ambitions with a man who openly supported Donald Trump and the “Big Lie”, there must be a reason. The old saying that you should be careful who you get in bed with applies here … for sure.
Pulliam and his wife MacKensey are tied to the Oregon Mom’s Union, which has had a strong stance as an anti-LGBTQ organization, at least on a number of topics. https://www.sandypost.com/news/stan-mackensey-pulliam-deny-anti-lgbtq-bias-in-war-on-woke/article_f24c17dc-2ee1-5391-88f6-5c0f63245134.html
So let me get this straight – it is ok for the Pulliams to “swing” and that somehow gives them the moral high ground to consult this group of Candidates about this campaign? And Dr. Rask and his PAC are hiring them; why? Is this getting murky enough for you?
Well, if you are not convinced that this trio is not the folks we need on the Hillsboro School board, let’s have a look at Terri Kam, who is running for the Position 4 seat currently held by See Eun Kim. Terri is a local businesswoman with what appears to be a successful catering business. Her “About” page on the website sounds terrific- she looks like a model board member. But there are those footprints we leave in the world. And they must be looked at for people trying to take the power seats. Here is a quick look:
First off, various people have indicated this is Terri Kam’s Twitter account. If it is, it has some really choice tweets like this one:
Keep putting down truth. I feel like the duct tape was just removed from our mouths and we have 2 years of truths to that are spilling out. How about Trump Won that feels good to say also
— Terri Kam (@TerriKam2) April 27, 2022
So #TrumpWon I guess- thanks for the update!
A little research linked Terri and her business to perhaps the most controversial candidate to run for office in Oregon over the last few years. Meet March Thielman.
- Kam donated $30,000 to elect Marc Thielman for Oregon Governor https://marcfororegon.com/policy/2a/ –
- Her family business, Kam Catering, donated an Additional $5,000 to the Thielman campaign.
- Thielman is a hard-core right-wing conservative: His campaign page promotes his ideologies which are strong on the 2nd amendment and extremely Pro-Life. His messaging and language go in-depth to object to closing schools or forcing children to wear masks during the pandemic.
- On a fascinating note, Mark Thielman was the Superintendent of the Alsea School District. According to various news sources, in February 2022, he resigned after allegations of sexual harassment of his school staff and bullying staff. Thielman also, according to OPB, supported local school board control in Alsea, making pandemic masking optional, going against the State of Oregon. He was also accused of using threats against staff and anti-gay language- according to this article in the Corvallis-Gazette Times – https://gazettetimes.com/lebanon/news/local/alsea-schools-complaints-against-thielman-allege-hostile-work-environment/article_2768b024-6b3c-5721-8211-d0a8642312b1.html
- News Channel 8 did an in-depth story on Thielman, as seen below,
- Here is a quote from their story:
According to the Gazette-Times, three formal complaints were filed against Thielman in the past week, “alleging a hostile work environment, illegal firing practices and disregard for any viewpoint that is not his own.” During Tuesday’s meeting, Thielman called the complaints “deeply personal, hurtful and unsubstantiated” and said he would cooperate with the investigation. According to https://www.kgw.com/article/news/politics/alsea-superintendent-marc-thielman-resigns/283-4d4cc761-6e07-469f-8731-c2403359db9d
“The allegations paint a picture of Thielman as a bully, a man with a temper who is often distracted and even inappropriate at times,” the Gazette-Times reported. “All three said they believe they are not safe in the current working environment.” From the story https://www.kgw.com/article/news/politics/alsea-superintendent-marc-thielman-resigns/283-4d4cc761-6e07-469f-8731-c2403359db9d
Kam’s contributions to the Marc For Oregon (Governor Campaign) are outlined below. According to the Portland Record, she was his second-largest supporter, which posted the donations on their website. See that here- https://www.portlandrecord.com/state-campaign-finance/pac/21565.html
Here we see Thielman being prayed over by Q-Anon “Prophet” Johnny Enlow. WOW! This is one strong candidate for Governor.
Three Oregon GOP candidates—Marc Thielman, who is running for governor, Darin Harbick, who is running for U.S. Senate, and Patti Adair, who is seeking reelection as a county commissioner—were prayed over and “commissioned” by QAnon “prophet” Johnny Enlow. https://t.co/7vxz4PyvfS pic.twitter.com/sFHrqYHjss
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 28, 2022
One last thing on Mr. Thielman – he founded the website/organization Battleground Oregon according to this website – https://www.battlegroundoregon.org/. The Home Page states, “FOCUSED & COORDINATED ORGANIZATION AMONG CONSERVATIVE ALLIES TO FUEL THE RED WAVE IN OREGON.” Ok, great.
Terri Kam and her business gave $35,000 in Cash to this man for his gubernatorial campaign AFTER these allegations came out against him. Serious allegations that he, as school board superintendent, created a hateful, hurtful, and harassing environment. A place where sexual harassment and bullying were alleged. A place where gay slurs were tossed about. All alleged, but he resigned and ran for Governor before he had to endure the investigation.
Let’s end this madness: Communities For Sensible Schools is too extreme and not being honest about their intentions once they win those school board seats. The coordinated effort to use money, influence, unethical signage, out-of-state money, and these unsavory connections (Pulliam, Thielman) is even more cause for concern. These concerted efforts to install new groups of like-minded school board members is something we have seen across the country. Unable to win at the polls, extreme ideologies often are using school boards and the like as launch pads for a more aggressive agenda. Unless Hillsboro, Oregon, is prepared to have a black eye like the one Newberg is still smarting from, this is not the group to send through. Unless Hillsboro students should be subjected to extreme ideology Voters across the Hillsboro District nust reject this panel.
I find nothing on the website for Communities For Sensible Schools that objectionable. But it is the things that have been done, that they don’t or won’t say, the people in the atmosphere around them, and the unwillingness to answer direct questions about Book Banning, LGBTQ equity, curriculum, and the freedom of expression by students and staff, that have convinced me that we must as a Community Vote No for Kam, Arns, and Rask.
I have interviewed all of the opposing candidates except one, and I find them all to be very mainstream, not extreme and focused on running a thriving school district for Hillsboro, Oregon. It is better for our kids. Because of that, I am proudly voting for Ivette Pantoja, See Eun Kim, and Patrick Maguire for Hillsboro School Board, and I happily support them and think you should too!
Oh, and I am a High Honors Graduate from West Union Elementary, East/R.A. Brown Jr. HS, Mid HIgh School, and Good Old HilHi! And My schooling here landed me the 1st ever Jackson Foundation Full Academic Ride to Portland State University where I graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Not bad for a local boy.