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Election results look good for Brandman adjunct, MBA grad

November 08, 2017 by Cindy O'Dell

Note: This story is updated with final results for the Bremerton election.

Charlene West, an adjunct faculty member who teaches school counseling courses to students at Brandman University’s Modesto campus, won a seat Tuesday on the Modest City School Board. Greg Wheeler, who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Bangor campus, will be the new mayor of Bremerton, Washington.

Charlene WestWest was the top vote-getter, besting two others, in Trustee Area 5. In a survey of candidates for Ballotpedia, West emphasized her 35 years in education and her experience as a school counselor. “I am aware of the challenges faced today. I can view situations from both a staff and a parent perspective and I feel qualified to make decisions to best benefit our students.”

West ranked closing the achievement gap and improving post-secondary readiness as her most important issues.

In addition to work at Brandman for the School of Education, West acted in the Gallo Repertory Company’s 2016 version of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Greg WheelerWheeler said in an interview with Brandman Communications before the election that he viewed city politics as a way to give back to his community. The Navy veteran was elected to the Bremerton City Council for three terms before his bid for mayor.

Three precincts were still outstanding as of Wednesday morning so results are still unofficial for Wheeler, who earned 53.6 percent of the votes counted.

Wheeler won the election with 55.1 percent of the vote.

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