Sixty candidates have filed for 44 seats on 16 different district boards on the May 21 ballot.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Jefferson County Clerk's Office had a total of 60 candidates file for seats on various boards by the March 21 deadline. The special district election will take place May 21.What a difference a week makes. As of March 21, the last day for a candidate to file for the May 21 special district election, 60 people had filed for 44 seats on 16 different district boards, nearly tripling the previous week's total.

The 12 boards that serve primarily Jefferson County residents include three school districts and the Jefferson County Education Service District. School District 509-J has two board positions open with five people running.

For position 4, incumbent Courtney Snead, of Madras, will face challenger Casandra Moses, of Warm Springs. Position 5, currently held by Stan Sullivan, who is not seeking re-election, has three office-seekers: Carina Miller, of Warm Springs, and Taylor Lark and Kevin Richards, both of Madras.

The Culver School District has two openings, Position 2, held by David Slaght, of Culver, who is unopposed, and Position 5, held by Zoe Schumacher, who is not seeking re-election. Brian Silbernagel and Seth Taylor, both of Culver, are seeking that seat.

Ed Jackson and Taesha Cooper, both of Ashwood, are seeking positions 1 and 5, respectively, on the Ashwood School District Board of Directors.

The Jefferson County ESD Board of Directors has four open seats. Incumbent Dani Cowdrey, of Ashwood, will be challenged by Ed Jackson for Position 1, representing the Ashwood zone, while Daniel Petke, of Sisters, will seek re-election to Position 3, for the Black Butte zone. No candidates filed for Position 2, currently held by Lola Hagman, of Culver, or the at-large Position 6, currently held by Lindsay Foster-Drago.

Fire, emergency districts

Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District has three board seats open, positions 3 and 4, currently held by Rob Galyen, of Madras, and Tim Whitaker, of Metolius, respectively, who have filed for re-election, and Position 5, currently held by Mike Cloud, of Culver, who is not seeking re-election. Ryan Boyle and John Adams, both of Madras, have filed for Position 5.

Four seats are available on the Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors: Position 1, for which Brad Pahl has filed; Position 3, currently held by Dennis Kirk, who has not filed; Position 4, held by Barbara Oakley, who has filed to retain her seat; and Position 5, held by Bob Bengston, who has filed to keep his seat, but will be challenged by Mark Wilson. William "Bill" Burt and Jeff Green have both filed for Position 3.

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection Districts has three open seats. Stratton Poindexter, Ken Jones and Kristie Miller have all filed for Position 1, currently held by Heather Johnson, who is not running. For positions 4 and 5, incumbents Chuck Newport and Bill Rainey, respectively, have filed for re-election.

For Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue, positions 1, 3 and 5 are open. Position 1 incumbent Larry Griffin will be challenged by Rich Brandvold; Position 3 has two people running, Art Dorsey and Kevin Fitzpatrick; and Position 5 also has two filers, Joe Parrott and Robert Zavodsky.

Incumbents on the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors Steve Heydon (Position 3), of Madras, and David Budden (Position 5), of Culver, are both seeking re-election.

Other districts

Deschutes Valley Water District has three board positions open, with all three incumbents refiling: Madras resident Richard Avila (Position 3), Culver resident Jo Guiney (Position 4), and Madras resident Dana Oppenlander (Position 5). Chris Gannon, of Madras, will challenge Guiney for Position 4.

The Jefferson County Library District has two seats open, but only one candidate. Incumbent Guy Chittenden, of Metolius, filed for his seat, Position 2, but no one filed for Position 1, currently held by Bill Vollmer.

The Madras Aquatic Center District has four board positions open. Lindsay Foster-Drago, of Madras, is seeking Position 1, currently held by Greg Tippett, who did not file; Jinnell Lewis, of Madras, is seeking re-election to Position 2; Steve Webb, of Madras, is seeking re-election to Position 3, and will be challenged by Rob Galyen, of Madras; and Greg Williams, of Madras, who was appointed to Position 4, will seek election to that position.

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