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School Board Chair Libra Forde cautions voters against candidates promising to reopen schools full time.

Kathy WaiNorth Clackamas School Board member Kathy Wai's re-election with 64.5% of the vote led a slate of three candidates to keep their seats, according to unofficial May 18 election results.

Even though they faced challenger campaigns with backing from a former state representative, North Clackamas incumbents each received well above a majority of votes in three three-way races with nine total candidates.

Clackamas County Elections Office has had website glitches in posting its results online, but it has released a copy of the total tally of ballots, minus those with signature-matching issues, to Pamplin Media Group at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

A member of the TriMet Board, Wai was endorsed by the North Clackamas Education Association, the teachers union also supporting re-election campaigns of board members Mitzi Bauer (60.5% of the vote) and Tory McVay (65.5%).

North Clackamas School Board Chair Libra Forde endorsed Wai and cautioned voters against choosing candidates solely based on their promise to reopen schools full time. Wai, who works for the Oregon Secretary of State's office, has written that she supports "safe return to school using data-informed approaches to protect staff, teachers and community."

Former state Rep. Patrick Sheehan, R-Happy Valley, helped the Oregon Progressives for Accountability political action committee to set up a website and print door hangers for three challenger candidates, Kori Haynes, Don McInnis and Tara Nelson. Each of the Sheehan-backed candidates received between 19-24% of the vote and were second-place candidates in each contest.


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