36 candidates vie for East County school board seats
Thirty-six candidates have filed for the 25 open school board seats in the four East County school districts and Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education for the May 18 election.
That's a lot of interest for a volunteer job that requires members to work a dozen or more hours every month. Terms are four years in length.
GRESHAM BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT
Five of the seven school board seats are up for grabs on the Gresham-Barlow School Board. One race is a four-way competition for the seat now occupied by incumbent and former Gresham Police Chief and former legislator Carla Piluso.
For Position 1 on the Gresham-Barlow board, incumbent Robyn Stowers, a policy adviser at Metro regional government, is being challenged by Holly Riegelmann, who works for her family's appliance business.
In Position 3, only Cathy Vandehey Keathley, filed to run by the March 18 deadline.
In Gresham-Barlow's four-way race for Position 4, incumbent Piluso is being challenged by former Hollydale Elementary School teacher Julie Frediani, commercial driver and outspoken conservative Joe Demers and electrician and Barlow High School graduate Jeff Jones.
The other two open seats have one challenger each running against incumbents. Community organizer and University of Oregon student Jasia Mosley will face off against current school board chair and West Point graduate Blake Peterson. Board vice chair and school administrator Mayra Gomez is being challenged by quality control manager and Barlow graduate Adam Sorenson.
REYNOLDS SCHOOL DISTRICT
In the Reynolds School District races, not a single incumbent decided to run for reelection. Four of the seven seats will be filled by newcomers to the board.
There is a four-way race for Position 1. Retired engineer Curt Schulz, Aaron Munoz, a natural resources student at Mt. Hood Community College, Charles Crowder, owner of Minuteman Press in Gresham and former Troutdale Mayor Jim Kight will battle for a seat.
For Position 2 on the Reynolds Board, Spencer Chao, an account manager and MHCC student, will take on banker and Portland State University student Matt Richardson.
Michael Reyes, who works for the Oregon Department of Education, is running unopposed for Position 3 on the Reynolds board.
Retired teacher and former Wood Village City Councilor Bill Stewart and Cayle Tern, who works for the Oregon Department of Human Services, will have a go for Position 4 on the Reynolds School Board.
In the Centennial School District, David Linn, an executive assistant, is unopposed for Position 1, after incumbent Rhonda Etherly decided not to run for reelection.
CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
In the Centennial School District, incumbent Claudia Andrews has no challenger for Position 5. For Position 6, incumbent Rod Boetcher, who has served on the Centennial School board for 29 years, is being challenged by Erica Fuller, who works at the Native American Youth and Family Center and is a leadership coach. Paralegal Heath Curry is running unopposed for Position 7, after incumbent Amanda Schroeder did not file for another term.
CORBETT SCHOOL DISTRICT
In Corbett, five of the seven school board positions are open.
Incumbent Todd Mickalson, an electrical foreman, is being challenged by naturopathic physician Vanessa Lyon for Position 2. Nobody filed to run against Corbett board chair and architect Michelle Vo for Position 3. Leah Fredericks, a regional manager for T Mobile, is running against electrician and Corbett High School graduate David Granberg for Position 4. Incumbents Bob Buttke and Rebecca Bratton have no challengers for Positions 5 and 6 respectively.
MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Mt. Hood Community College incumbents Diane McKeel and Annette Mattson are running unopposed for Zone 1 and 4 seats. Sandy real estate broker Marie Teune is challenging incumbent James Zordich for the Zone 2 position
In the coming weeks, The Outlook will provide the candidates an equal opportunity to provide more information to voters about their background and views.
Key May 18 election dates
- April 19: out of state ballots will be mailed.
- April 27: last day to register to vote in the election.
- April 28: ballots will be mailed to voters.
- May 11: last day for voters to safely return their ballots by mail.
- May 18: election day.
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