SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Three candidates are vying for a seat on the Sedro-Woolley School Board in the Aug. 1 primary election.

Pamela Santangelo, Wendie Granberg and Eric A. Johnson are running for the District 4 seat, which represents residents around Mary Purcell and Evergreen elementary schools.

The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

The District 4 seat will be vacated by Christine Johnson, who was appointed in January 2013 and elected into the position later that year.

She has chosen not to run for re-election.

None of the candidates vying for the District 4 position responded to multiple requests from the Skagit Valley Herald to answer a candidate questionnaire.

Granberg, a Sedro-Woolley High School graduate, has served on the board of Home Trust of Skagit.

She is attending Skagit Valley College and plans to transfer to Western Washington University to study human services, according to the online voters pamphlet made available by the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

“I believe access to quality education, diverse choices for post high school opportunities, and lifelong reading and learning make for excellent students and community members,” she wrote in her statement in the pamphlet.

Eric Johnson, a legal assistant at a Sedro-Woolley law firm, is a graduate of Mount Vernon Christian School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government-public policy from Patrick Henry College in Virginia, according to the pamphlet.

He has served on the Sedro-Woolley Planning Commission for the past six years, according to the pamphlet.

“I believe that quality education is a part of the foundation upon which a thriving society is built,” Johnson wrote for the pamphlet. “The Sedro-Woolley School District has done an excellent job at making sure our students receive the tools they need to become contributing members of society. However, I believe that it is also important to allow a younger generation to contribute their voice in the public arena, and that is why I am asking for your vote.”

This would be the first publicly elected position for either candidate.

Santangelo submitted no information to the Skagit County Auditor’s Office.

School board positions are four-year terms.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141,

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