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Filing deadline for May election is Thursday, March 18; forms available online and at clerk's office

Multiple school district board seats across Jefferson County are open and will appear on the May 18 ballot.

Three seats are up for election on the Jefferson County School District 509-J Board. The terms of Board Chair Laurie Danzuka and directors Jamie Hurd and Tom Norton Jr. will expire June 30. The positions are four-year terms. Danzuka, who has served on the 509-J Board since 2009, plans to run in this election.

Four of the five seats on the Culver School District School Board will be on the ballot for the May 18 election. Positions 1, 2, 3 and 4 are open. Position two is for a two-year term, while the others are four-year terms. The seats of Board Vice Chair Mike Knepp, Director Lindsay Cloud, Director Bob Buckner and Chair Scott Leeper are up for election.

Leeper, who has served on the board since 2001, plans to run for his seat.

Knepp will also run again.

"It has been my pleasure to support, guide and believe in all the hopes, potential and talent every student, staff and all those involved in running a great school district," said Knepp, who has been on the board since 2013.

The Jefferson County Education Service District has four open positions. Culver representative position 2, held by Jake Schwab, is open for a two-year term. The Jefferson County School District 509-J representative position 4, held by Kathy Marston, is open for a four-year term. At-large positions 5 and 7, held by Marie Glenn and Joan Starkel are also open for four-year terms.

Three of the five Ashwood School District School Board positions will be on the ballot. Positions 2, 3 and 4, held by Jody Holmes, Shantell Johnson and Dani Cowdrey, are up for election. All are four-year terms.

Filing for candidacy opened Feb. 6. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. March 18. Filing forms are available at the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, 66 SE D St., Suite C in Madras.

Forms are also available on the Jefferson County website, www.jeffco.net/cc, or the Secretary of State's website at http//sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/SEL190.pdf. For more information, call 541-475-4451.


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