Pasco teachers union to hold new elections

By The Tri-City HeraldMarch 7, 2014 

Concerns about voting security is leading the Pasco School District's teachers union to hold a new election for its top leadership position.

The Pasco Education Association originally held the election in January. Outgoing union President Joy Reilly did not say what specifically led to the need for another election, but that the union is "moving to a greater assurance of identity verification."

"This is new territory for us so we're working with (Washington Education Association) to make sure we're doing everything right," Reilly said.

The candidates up for the position, Kathy Marquard and Greg Olson, will remain the same on the ballot. Marquard is a special education teacher at Virgie Robinson Elementary School. Olson, who is also the union's current vice president, is a health and fitness teacher and athletic director at Ellen Ochoa Middle School. Both have held roles and positions within the union and other teacher advocacy groups.

The newly elected president will serve a two-year term.

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