Piluso winning in school board election despite dropping out
Former Gresham Police Chief and state legislator Carla Piluso was winning her seat for re-election to the Gresham-Barlow School Board in early results Tuesday night, even though she dropped out of the race after her name was already on the ballot.
In the Centennial School District, newcomer Erica Fuller was ahead in a race for the seat held for nearly three decades by Rod Boettcher.
In the Gresham-Barlow School District four of the five seats up for grabs were contested races.
In Position 1, with 62% of the vote, Holly Riegelmann was ahead of incumbent and Metro policy advisor Robyn Stowers, who had 35% of the vote in Multnomah County.
In Position 4, incumbent Carla Piluso dropped out of the race, but her name still appeared on the ballot and she was ahead with 34% of the vote in early returns. Recently-retired teacher Julie Frediani, was close behind with 31% of the vote. Joe Demers had 20% and electrical contractor Jeff Jones had 15% of the Multnomah County votes counted early on.
Gresham-Barlow board chair Blake Peterson was ahead with 70% compared to his 19-year-old student challenger, Jasia Mosley, who had 30% of first batch of votes for Position 5.
Gresham-Barlow incumbent Mayra Gomez had 55% of the votes compared with challenger Adam Sorenson's 45% for Position 6.
Cathy Vandehey Keathley was unopposed for Position 3.
In the Reynolds School District, four seats were on the ballot and no incumbent ran for re-election, so the majority of directors on the board will never have served before.
Curt Schulz, Aaron Munoz, Charles Crowder and Jim Kight were all vying for Position 1. Munoz was ahead in the early counting with 40% of the vote, with Kight garnering 33%. Crowder and Schulz appeared on the ballot, despite effectively withdrawing from the race, but had 8% and 18% of the vote respectively
For Reynolds' Position 2, Spencer Chao was besting Matt Richardson with 60% of the vote compared to Richardson's 39%.
In Reynolds' Position 4, Cayle Tern had 52% of the votes compared to Bill Stewart's 46%.
Michael Reyes ran unopposed and was elected for Position 3.
In the Centennial School District in the only contested race, newcomer Erica Fuller had 56% of the vote, compared with 43% for Rod Boettcher, who has served on the Centennial School Board for 29 years.
Davi Linn, Claudia Andrews and Heath Curry all ran unopposed.
In the Corbett School District, incumbent Todd Mickalson was in a tight race with challenger Vanessa Lyon for Position 2. Mickalson had 51% of the votes in early returns, compared with Lyons' 48%. But in the early returns, they are separated by only 33 votes.
In Position 4, David Granberg has 58% of the vote to Leah Fredericks 42%.
Incumbents Michelle Vo, Bob Buttke and Rebecca Bratton ran unopposed.
There was only one contested race for Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education. Marie Teune, who is from Sandy, was slightly behind with 49% of the vote in her challenge to incumbent Jim Zordich with both Clackamas and Multnomah County votes early count.
Incumbents Diane McKeel and Annette Mattson ran unopposed for the college board.
Most of the new board members will serve until June 30, 2025, with the exception of Position 1 in Gresham-Barlow and Bratton in Corbett, who will serve until June 30, 2023 filling an unexpired term.
These election results will be updated as the counties release new results.
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