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Relative Newcomer Unseats Bend Native from COCC Board

BEND, OR -- After a tight race, a relative newcomer has unseated a Bend native from the Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors. Charley Miller, owner of Miller Lumber, served on the board for 8 years. But, after very little campaigning, he lost his re-election bid by a less than 5% margin, Tuesday.


John Mundy credits his victory to a grassroots effort. "I was able to connect with a lot of young people. On my Facebook page, a lot of young people, under 40, actually got their friends out to vote for me, so I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that."


Mundy moved to Bend from San Francisco five years ago. He tells KBND, now that the election is over, he's ready to get to work. "Since I moved here, I’ve been concerned about what’s happening with housing, particularly with low-income folks and also our local transportation issues. So, to the extent it’s possible, I would like to serve in an advocates role, promoting decent housing strategies for students. We can work with other agencies to tweak local transportation options; I would like to help with that, as well."


He says he’s excited about the school’s current direction, especially now that the search for a new college president is over. "I just think that we need to be effective in terms of how we do outreach for new staff, particularly at the senior level. It seems to me, COCC has done a pretty good job with that. From what I’ve heard, [Dr. Shirley] Metcalf is an effective administrator and I’m going to enjoy working with her."

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