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Shibahara, Behrman find success in Estacada School Board races

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Rochelle Shibahara and Joe Behrman ahead in contested races, and Lisa Alves and Jeromy Adamson were running unopposed in Zones 1 and 2.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Rochelle Shibahara earned 56.57 percent of votes for the zone 4 position on the Estacada School Board.

According to election night results, Rochelle Shibahara and Joe Behrman are headed toward victory in the May 16 Estacada School Board elections for Zones 4 and 5, respectively.

In Zone 4, Shibahara ran against Justin Gates and incumbent Rich Mudrow, receiving 155 votes, or 56.57 percent, as of 10:54 p.m. Tuesday. Gates garnered 82 votes, or 29.93 percent, and Mudrow took 37 votes, or 13.50 percent.

In a previous interview, Shibahara told the Estacada News that she hopes to focus on improving communication from within and without the district because "that goes a lot way to build trust." She also expressed her disappointment that the school district's bond measure failed to pass last November.

"I believe in investing in our infrastructure and buildings, and I think we should explore options to do so," she said.

In a close race for the Zone 5 position, incumbent Behrman garnered 153 votes, or 56.46 percent, and challenger Angie Nelson took 118 votes, or 43.54 percent. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Joe Behrman garnered 55.84 percent of votes in the race for the zone 5 position on the Estacada School Board.

Behrman told the Estacada News that he is eager to see a successful continuation of the school district's strategic plan. Like Shibahara, he also placed value on increased communication.

"Unfortunately, a lot of times people get 5 percent fact and 95 percent emotion, and that's a dangerous way to generate information," he said. "We need more fact based communication across the district."

Lisa Alves and Jeromy Adamson were running unopposed in Zones 1 and 2.

Adamson has been a member of the school board since 2013, and this will be Alves' first term on the board.

More than half of the Estacada School Board's seven seats were up for reelection this May, and each position carries a four year term. Board members will work with interim superintendent Ryan Carpenter, who will take over district leadership this summer after current superintendent Marla Stephenson's retirement.