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Election looking for people to fill 143 positions on 45 boards to oversee school, fire and water districts

The deadline for County residents filing for 143 open positions on 45 boards to oversee schools, fire and water districts is Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. for the May election.

These volunteer positions are influential in shaping how local districts operate.

"These boards give our residents a chance to be directly involved in the decision-making process for our infrastructure, our schools, some of our emergency services and more," said Sherry Hall, the Clackamas County Clerk. "Additionally, this is a great way for some residents to get their feet wet with public service, to see if they're interested in pursuing other positions with more responsibilities later on."

Board members typically are charged with representing the local community by providing direction and developing policies for the operation of the district, establishing goals and objectives, adopting a budget and evaluating programs. Most positions are four-year terms without pay.

Most Clackamas County residents reside in at least four different service districts. To determine which districts and positions are eligible to run for, residents are encouraged to visit https://gis.oregonmetro.gov/metromap/ and enter their address. Voters may also call the Elections office at 503-655-8510 to confirm eligibility.

For example there are three positions open for Canby School District and three open for Molalla River School District. Canby and Molalla Fire Districts also each have three open positions. Three positions are open at the Colton Water District and the Mulino Water District. Canby's Area Park and Recreation District is seeking three positions while Molalla's Aquatic District needs two members.

It costs $10 to file with an option to provide a statement in the Voter's Pamphlet for an additional $25. Candidates must fill out a simple form, either online or at the Secretary of State's office at http://bit.ly/2GUrKmR and submit it to the county clerk's office at 1710 S. Red Soils Court in Oregon City.

For more information, contact Dylan Blaylock, in the Public and Government Affairs office at

503-742-5917 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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