UPDATE: Yellott ousted from MHCC board
Sonny Yellott, a controversial board of education member at Mt. Hood Community College, lost his seat to a challenger in Tuesday's election.
Yellott's opponent, Annette Mattson, who served on the David Douglas School Board for 18 years, won handily with 4,022 votes or 79 percent to Yellott's 960 votes, or 19 percent, for the seat in Zone 4 as of the tally Wednesday afternoon, May 17. Yellott was censured by the MHCC board last year and urged to resign after repeated remarks in the board meetings and social media posts that other board members considered racist.
Mattson, a graduate of Warner Pacific College, is a government affairs and public policy specialist at Portland General Electric.
Former Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel triumphed for the seat in Zone 1 with 4,190 votes or 66 percent of the total.
Her challenger Jack Kondrasuk, formerly on the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission, had 2,085 votes or 32.8 percent of the total.
McKeel said she is "Happy I've won" and looks forward to working with the college. "It is so important to our community."
Board vice chairman James Zordich ran unopposed and was handily reelected.
Mt. Hood district voters rejected a $75 million bond to build a new career and technology training center at the college.
School board members are unpaid volunteers and most spend more than a dozen hours a month on college business. They set budgets, craft policy, hire and if necessary, fire, the college president.