Mary grew up in SE and NE Portland, attending Glencoe Grade School before moving to NE Portland, attending Vernon, and graduating from Jefferson High School in the mid 60’s. Mary studied labor law at the Pacific NW Labor College at Marylhurst and Labor Studies and History with Melvin Dubofsky at SUNY Binghamton. She recently retired after working at Oregon AFSCME, a public employee union, for over 30 years. She spent most of these years working for and in the Oregon Legislature. Her work primarily included passing the first pay equity laws, the MLK Holiday, and many years working on PERS Retirement, mental health, corrections and juvenile justice policies, budgeting, and reforms. Mary and her husband Mike married in 1970, are both Oregon Natives, and have one adult son who also lives in Portland.
Michael W Durrow is the oldest of three children. His parents met in Hahn, AB Germany (West Germany at the time) when his father was stationed there with the United States Air Force and his mother was working as an au pair. He is a certified Cisco Network Engineer(CCNA/CCDA) and IT Specialist well-versed in a wide variety of computer and other technologies including Big Data, Platform as a Service (Cloud Technology), Open-Source Systems and Embedded Technologies. He is dedicated to the values and ideals of public education. Favorite Quote, paraphrased: “If we stand back until we can save the whole world, we’ll never save anyone.” He studied at Portland Community College and Jefferson High School.