THPRD Board changes face
The look and feel of the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Board underwent a change as two young women claimed seats Tuesday night, uprooting one long-time incumbent.
Felicita Monteblanco took the seat in Position 1 and Holly Thompson landed Position 3, while incumbent Jerry Jones Jr. remains on the board.
Monteblanco took the Position 1 seat with more than 62 percent, while Pelatt closed out with about 37 percent of the vote.
Jones had nearly 69 percent of the vote with Stephanie Thompson at about 30 percent for Position 2. For Position 3, Holly Thompson finished with nearly 50 percent, with Waldo trailing at about 37 percent and Dahlin with 12.5 percent.
Monteblanco said on Tuesday night, "I'm over the moon. I'm so appreciative of my friends, family, mentors and canvassers - this was a team effort. This journey has been a privilege. I've learned so much along the way about myself and the community, I've made amazing new friends, I've gained new skills and even deeper respect for my elected officials - knocking on doors is exhausting. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work for all those living in the district."
Monteblanco has lived in Washington County for more than 25 years.
"I grew up taking advantage of all the district has to offer and these days can typically be found at the nature parks getting my exercise in," she said.
Monteblanco was endorsed by Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, the entire Beaverton City Council, County Commissioners Greg Malinowski and Dick Schouten, and the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce.
Monteblanco unseated Larry Pelatt, who has spent 12 years on the THPRD board. Jones appears to have maintained his seat
Jones, who maintained his seat, has tackled large construction projects with THPRD and said he works to oversee responsible use of taxpayer dollars to improve what he views as the finest park district in the Pacific Northwest.
He said most people are grateful and happy with THPRD and the livability of the area.
"THPRD has something for everybody — from cradle to grave," he said. "The staff and maintenance are top-notch. No one can compare."
Holly Thompson responded to her win Tuesday night, saying "I feel so privileged to think about the opportunity to serve this wonderful park district and bringing it back to its roots and to be a voice on the board that advocates for all – includes all. I am honored to serve," she said. "I am sitting here surrounded by family feeling grateful, happy and honored."
Holly Thompson has spent more than 18 years working for Beaverton.
"At the city, my job is to lead our public involvement and communication efforts. I help people get involved in government decision-making," she said. "During my time, we've won numerous regional and national awards for our work. I've led our community visioning program, helped launch our cultural inclusion program, created the picnic in the park series, worked on communications for the Beaverton Public Safety Center and Urban Renewal efforts, and more."
Stephanie Thompson did not contribute any information to the Beaverton Valley Times upon requests during the campaign.
Ballots were distributed and the deadline to vote was Tuesday, May 16.
Winners will take office on July 1. Their four-year terms will expire in June 2021.