Multnomah Education Service District Position 2
Nels Johnson - NonpartisanNels Johnson, a lobbyist and analyst for a government affairs firm, says he knows many legislators are gunning for education service districts as wasteful and unnecessary. But Johnson says he’s convinced MESD remains needed to help serve the diverse and often low-income areas of the county.
Johnson says MESD lacks relationships with the school districts it serves. And he wants what amounts to a giant audit to find where duplication exists and best practices are missing.
His opponent, Patrick Lasswell, a software test engineer and former U.S. Navy sonar technician, also wants to preserve MESD, but he lacks Johnson’s focus and experience.