Our Candidates

Vote by May 18th!

Monique Ward

Monique Ward

Monique is a wife, mother, and grandmother.  Monique grew up on the East Coast and joined the US Air Force shortly after high school, serving for 7 years as an Electronics Technician.  After several more years working in the high-tech industry, she left the workforce to raise her family.  Today, she works once again in the high-tech industry in the area of Engineering Data Management.

Monique has a love of learning and seeks to instill that love in all the people she encounters. Education is a critical part to success in life. She believes we need to provide our children, our students, that which they need to be successful.  Monique believes students also need to be taught the importance of giving back to their communities, to share their talents with others.

Volunteering is an important part of her life.  She volunteers in teaching Bible class to young children and adults, mentoring teens, and young adults. Monique has also spent many hours tutoring kids in math. Monique has also been a Washington County Sheriff’s office volunteer since 2015. She has also volunteered with the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in years past.

In her downtime, she enjoys reading and sewing.

Joe Everton

Joe Everton

Joe Everton is a software engineer who has worked in multiple industries in the Portland area for nearly twenty years.  He is a father to three Hillsboro students (one accepted into college).  He enjoys helping them find opportunities to explore their interests in their schoolwork, especially when it comes to STEM and music.   Having just earned his masters from the University of Illinois in 2020, and with years of software experience, Joe knows the challenges and opportunities in this field, but also how rewarding and fulfilling it can be.  He wants to help more students find their passion in STEM subjects, leading them to great careers in fields where they are sorely needed today.

Joe has served on the Community Curriculum Advisory Committee (CCAC) for HSD for going on four years.  He has volunteered for many years in the Portland Choir and Orchestra, which puts on Christmas and other concerts each year.  He has also been involved in Century band boosters, and served as a den leader and a committee chair in a local scout troop.

    Mary Phelps

    Mary Phelps

    Mary Phelps immigrated to the United States as a young girl from Venezuela with her mother and grandmother.  Her first experience in the U.S. education system was as an English language learner striving to adapt and find her way. She credits many amazing teachers who nurtured and encouraged her to aim high. Twenty-four years ago, having graduated college as an Electrical Engineer, she came to Hillsboro to design microprocessors for Intel and soon thereafter started a family.  She will soon have her second Hillsboro School District graduate with two more children to follow.  Most recently, Mary has worked as a substitute Special Needs Assistant in the district and over the years has volunteered countless hours in our Hillsboro schools helping children in the classroom and after school clubs, as a member of the Citizen’s Curriculum Advisory Committee (CCAC) and PTOs and with many other organizations to serve and support the needs of our students.

    Helping children reach their potential and treating the student teacher relationship as crucial is core to Mary’s values. She is convinced that our children need to be in the classroom to ensure equity of education and safeguard their social and emotional wellbeing.  Mary believes our students and families need a voice that is heard now more than ever.

      Ben Wolfe

      Ben Wolfe

      Ben Wolfe is a product of Hillsboro Schools, North Plains Elementary, Evergreen Middle School and Glencoe High School. Growing up in North Plains, he learned his work ethic from his parents. His dad was a local 701 Union member working road construction his entire life.

      Ben’s Hillsboro education prepared him for a college career.  He earned is Bachelors at BYU and his DMD at Oregon Health Science University.

      An entrepreneur, Ben started his dental practice from scratch in 2002 and has served the dental needs of Hillsboro families for almost 20 years.

      Ben Wolfe wants kids graduating from Hillsboro schools today to have the same opportunities he enjoyed. He will focus on healthcare, health sciences and entrepreneurship, guaranteeing students are prepared for a successful post-secondary career whether in the university or the trades.

      Ben has been married 25 years to his wife, Stacey.  They have 4 children—2 Glencoe High School graduates & 2 Evergreen Middle School students.  His children are third generation Hillsboro School District students.

      When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family in Oregon’s great outdoors – skiing, mountain biking, boating, & camping.