Two lives for the Taholah School Board

Two lives for the Taholah School Board

Incumbent chairman Jacob James hopes to retain his seat while Richie Underwood steps in

In the Taholah School District, current school board president Jacob James hopes to retain his position in November despite a challenge from Richie Underwood.

Neither candidate responded to email inquiries from Daily world about their campaigns. James was elected to the school board as a write-in candidate in January 2022 and served as vice president until his appointment as president a year later, according to information provided by candidates to the Grays Harbor County Voter Guide. He also served as the district’s interim superintendent in the summer of 2022.

According to James’ personal statement, he led the committee when it declared a climate emergency and worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Quinault Indian Nation to plan a new school as the village of Taholah moves to higher ground to escape climate disasters.

James graduated from Taholah High School in 2001 and earned an associate degree from South Puget Sound Community College.

“I only served two years instead of the full four years,” James wrote in a statement. “It is important for continuity, in the interests of the students, to ensure stability in the administration of the district. It is about fairness and inclusion for all. Thank you all for your support; I am now asking for an opportunity to complete the work. Ultimately, it’s about students, our community, making the world a better place to live in, and it starts here at home; children are the future.”

Underwood did not provide campaign information through the Grays Harbor County Voter Guide.

Contact reporter Clayton Franke at 406-552-3917 or

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