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4 Year Term – Whatcom

*Listed in the order they are listed in the Voter Guide

Endorsed Candidates

Danny Martinez

Candidate Statement

Elected Experience First time candidate.

Other Professional Experience Danny Martinez currently serves as the Youth/Associate Pastor at Faith Community Church. He’s also a full-time student pursuing a master’s degree through Biola University.

Education M.A. in Christian Apologetics – Biola University (Pending 2024), B.A. in Psychology and Human Services with Distinction – Trinity Western University, A.A.S. & Philosophy Discipline Award– Whatcom Community College, Lynden School District K-12.

Community Service Lynden School District – Community Connections, Raising Highly Capable Kids (Spanish), Community Truancy Board. Outreach and Meal Distribution through M2535 Mission Organization, Guest Speaker, Partnership with Students and Parents through Mentorship Programs, Community Service, Life Coaching, Counseling, and Spiritual Formation.

Statement For nearly 25 years, Lynden has been my home and shaped who I am today. I understand the needs of our students, aspirations of our community, and dreams of our parents/guardians because I have experienced them myself.

As a husband and father of three, I empathize with the dreams you have for your student’s success and recognize the valid concerns that arise from the current state of schools nationwide. I pledge to serve as a strong advocate for open and transparent communication between parents/guardians and schools. As a director, I aspire to uphold moral and ethical values throughout our district, committing to integrity in all that we do.

Having dedicated the past decade of my life to working with adolescents, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of investing in our youth. I’m proud of my American and Latino heritage, which, combined with being bilingual, enables me to bridge language barriers and forge stronger connections between the school board and Spanish-speaking students and parents. ¡Me comprometo a servir y escuchar a la comunidad Hispana lo mejor que puedo!

I humbly ask for your trust and vote; may God bless our amazing community! Proverbs 16:3 & 9.

Nick Sawka

Candidate Statement

Elected Experience First time candidate Other Professional Experience 20 Years of military experience with the United States Coast Guard (Ret. May 2021). Education Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Community Service Over the past two years I volunteered to coach both of my daughter’s basketball and soccer teams. I believe that it’s important for kids to learn communication and team work skills at a young age. In addition to coaching, I also host a before school program at Fisher Elementary called All-Pro Parents (All-Pro Dads). I was also the president of the New Haven PTO while I was stationed in Michigan. Statement I would like your vote for Lynden School Board Position 2. I would love to serve our community by representing you. Over the next few years it will be vital to elect someone like me that has a strong moral compass and can think critically. From changing curriculum to building facilities for the student body we will need strong leadership. It's my hope that you will give me a chance and vote for me. Thanks for your support.

Jim Verburg

Candidate Statement

Elected Experience First-time candidate. Other Professional Experience Jim has extensive experience working in local Whatcom County industries over the past three decades as a technical expert, manager, and policy advocate. He started his career with a major local aluminum producer and more recently worked for a major energy producer. Jim is currently a Senior Director of Regulatory policy for an important trade association representing major energy producers on the West Coast. Education Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Western Washington University Community Service Served on Lynden School Health Curriculum and IMC Committees. Youth leader at local church. Statement I am the proud son of a 32-year career public school teacher and coach. My daughter has been a student in Lynden since kindergarten and will graduate in 2024. I am keenly aware of the important role our public schools play in preparing our young people for the future. My wife and I have resided in Lynden for 20 years in total. After moving away for 5 years in the early 2000s, we moved back after the birth of our daughter because of the quality of Lynden schools. We have never regretted that decision. I believe we must earnestly protect, maintain, and improve the quality of Lynden schools so that the same reasons we moved back will remain for the benefit of future generations of students and parents. I believe that parents are the most important stakeholders in their children’s education on a wide range of issues from school policy to curriculum. I believe in a school district that has a culture of openness and transparency with parents and the community. I believe in fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of our public’s resources. I believe that doing the right thing is frequently not synonymous with doing the easy thing.

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