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Some newcomers and longtimers are in the mix for the Chehalem Park and Recreation District board.

With three at-large positions open on the Chehalem Park and Recreation District board of directors, a total of 12 candidates filed by the March 18 deadline. Voters will ultimately decide in mid-May which three candidates they believe are best fit to help lead CPRD into the future.

Retired business owner and realtor Saundra Valentine is among those on the ballot; she is a Newberg High School and Portland State University graduate who has not previously served in government. Newberg dentist Gayle Bizeau, an Oregon Health and Sciences University graduate with no prior governmental experience, has filed as well.

Candidate Judy Brown is a health and physical education teacher who previously owned the Sherwood Dance Academy and held camps through CPRD in various sports. She has served as a board member and chairwoman for DECA and in a similar role with the Future Business Leaders of America at Newberg High School. Her husband, Dave Brown, serves on the Newberg School District board of directors.

Another candidate familiar to residents is longtime CPRD supervisor and water polo coach Jim McMaster. He was an employee of CPRD for 38 years with a specialization in aquatic, park and project management. He remains the water polo coach for the Newberg Tigers. His government service listed includes the Portland Aquatic Council, CCC business relations committee and the Oregon Recreation Park Association.

Jeff Musall, owner and operator of two tax preparation offices, also filed for the open positions. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who is serving on the Newberg Planning Commission.

Matthew Smith, a claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual, filed and cited his experience as assistant vice chairman for the Republican Precinct Committee as well as the Lafayette City Council and planning commission.

Newberg High School biology teacher Peter Siderius brings two terms of experience on the CPRD board, including time as president of the board during construction of the new aquatic and fitness center. Siderius brings budget committee experience as well.

Also among the candidates is Molly Olson, a retired engineering director at Intel who served on the city of Newberg's budget committee, the Newberg Downtown Coalition and the Urban Renewal Citizens' advisory committee. Pat Royer, a local retiree, lists her experience as having worked at Yamhill County.

Lisa Rogers has served on the CPRD board before as well as the Mid-Willamette Council of Governments board. She is the deputy director of CASA of Oregono, a nonprofit affordable housing organization, with a breadth of experience in the realm of affordable housing. Her husband is Newberg Mayor Rick Rogers.

Jamie Johnson, an associate pastor at George Fox University, lists his experience as president of Newberg Baseball and on the Tilikum Camp and Conference Center board of directors.

The final candidate listed is Douglas Pugsley, who has served three terms on the Dundee City Council and is a member of the Dundee planning commission.

For further information on candidates for CPRD or other positions on the May 18 ballot, visit co.yamhill.or.us/content/current-year-elections.


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