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Erika Lopez and Jaci Spross are the first to throw in their hats for four open seats on the Hillsboro School Board.

This story has been updated.

LopezTwo Hillsboro women are hoping to claim seats on the Hillsboro School board.

Erika Lopez and Jaci Spross announced this week that they will be running for two of the four open seats on the Hillsboro School Board this spring. Lopez is running in Position 1. Spross is running for Position 6.

Position 1 is currently held by Janeen Sollman, a two-term board member who was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives last fall. Position 6 is held by Erik Seligman, who has said he won't seek re-election.

Lopez and Spross are the first to announce their candidacy for the Hillsboro School Board. Incumbent Glenn Miller — the board's Vice Chairman — has said he will seek re-election.

Lopez works in the city of Hillsboro's finance department. If elected, Lopez said she would focus on earning support from the business community, making the district more efficient and strengthening relationships with local governments.

"I hope to bring my unique perspective to the Board and apply a sound decision-making process to serve our students, while applying creative solutions to the challenges facing our school district," Lopez said in a prepared statement.

SprossSpross is an executive assistant at Synopsys Inc., a high-tech firm in Hillsboro.

"Our children should come first," Spross said. "They are our future and they will only be successful if we invest in them with the right balance of education, time, experience and support."

Both Spross and Lopez are regular community volunteers. Lopez volunteers as a tax preparer for local families, volunteers with the city's park's department, Centro Cultural and area schools.

Spross manages the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce's School to Work program, which helps students prepare for work. She is the former treasurer and president of the Imlay Elementary PTA, former president of the Brown Middle School Parent Club and former president and secretary of the Century High School Marching Band.

Candidates could begin filing for School Board seats on Monday. The filing deadline is March 16.

To be eligible, candidates must have lived in the Hillsboro School District for at least one year. School district staff are not eligible to run.

The district has planned two information sessions with prospective candidates next week. The first is be a brown bag lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the district's Administration Center, 3083 N.E. 49th Place, in Hillsboro. The following day, the district will hold a meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Manaia Coffee House, 203 E. Main St., in downtown Hillsboro.

The Hillsboro district is the fourth largest school district in the state, stretching from Hillsboro to North Plains, covering parts of Cornelius and south to Scholls Ferry Road and Bald Peak. The district serves more than 20,000 students.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include information from fellow candidiate Jaci Spross, who declared her candidacy on Tuesday.

By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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