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Candidates vie for 509-J, DVWD board positions

Two local races on May 21 ballot


There are two contested races in the May 21 Special Districts Election — a position for the School District 509-J Board of Directors and two for the Deschutes Valley Water District Board of Directors.

The top two vote-getters will be elected to the water district board. Ballots will be mailed out Friday.

School District 509-J

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Lyle RehwinkelLyle Rehwinkel, 42, is the incumbent, having served on the school board for eight years.

His family includes wife Laura, 42, and children Shani, 19, and Bryce, 15.

Rehwinkel graduated from Lebanon Union High School and now owns Detail Plus, an East Cascade detail supply businesses in Madras.

He is active in Buff Boosters, and serves on the 509-J Budget Committee, and Educational Service District Budget Committee.

Of his school board service, Rehwinkel said, “We are currently working on rolling out proficiency-based learning, talking about how we are going to implement it, and what it looks like for our schools.”

“We just passed the school bond, so we are starting construction this summer on the Performing Arts Center and some athletic upgrades.”

“We are always in discussion on test scores, how we are improving every year, and how we can maintain that growth. I would like to see a full alignment with the curriculum for K-12 and a more individual learning plan for students, for a better rounded person to enter the workforce or go on to collage.”

by: SUSAN MATHENY - Courtney SneadCourtney Snead, 31, who is married to Nick Snead, 34, is seeking a spot on the school board. She is employed as the administrator of the Central Oregon Community College Madras Campus.

She attended Sabino High School in Tucson, Ariz., earned a Bachelor of Science in political science, master’s in public administration, and certificate of public management at Northern Arizona University, and is pursuing a doctorate in education at Oregon State University.

Snead is a member of the Kids Club Board of Directors, and serves on the city of Madras budget committee.

Issues of importance to her include, “Developing a college-going culture in our community, as well as emphasizing career readiness in our youth.”

DVWD Board

by: SUSAN MATHENY - Gary 'Cap' DinkelGary “Cap” Dinkel, 77, has served 16 years on the DVWD Board of Directors.

Dinkel’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University, and attending Willamette School of Law.

He has a wife, one son, and two daughters, and is employed as a farmer.

In the community, he is a current DVWD board member, a member of the Aircraft Owners Pilots Association, and a member of the Culver Christian Church.

“In the coming years, DVWD has two major projects: the constructing of a fish ladder and the laying of 24-inch pipeline commencing at Opal Springs and running to the existing water tanks on top.”

“Hopefully, we can complete these two projects without impacting our rates too much. I feel that the district provides good service now and will do so in the near future.”

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Lee BaggettLee Baggett, 39, has served one term on the DVWD board.

His family includes wife Teresa, and children Ashton, 21, Kortney, 18, Kacee, 11, Kinlee, 8, Emma, 5, and Addie, 2.

He is a graduate of Madras High School, and has owned Rocky Ridge Excavation in Madras since 1998.

“I have long-term interests in keeping water rates low for the constituents. I would like to retain my seat on the board.”

Paul Jensen, 69, is seeking a spot on the Deschutes Valley Water District Board of Directors.

He has a wife, Gayle, and two sons, Joel and Josh. He attended Portland State University and the University of Montana, studying prelaw, then left college to start a fiberglass fabricating business in Portland.

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Paul JensenJensen is an inventor and the owner of Precision Applications, a crop spraying business in Madras.

Important issues for him are, “Fish passages, irrigation for farmers, and jobs, jobs.”

“I’m putting together a design and proposal for fish passing through culverts. It seems that is a bigger problem than fish passage through dams.”

“DVWD was a lot of help to me during the test phase of the Jensen Bypass fish passage system,” said Jensen, who holds one patent and expects to have several related patents.



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