Residents file to run for elected spots on Scappoose and St. Helens boards

Several boards of directors have positions up for election this May. Below is rundown of the candidates running for school boards and fire district boards.

Scappoose School Board

Three positions on the Scappoose School Board are up for re-election. Six candidates have filed, including two incumbents. Positions are divided by residential zones and includes two at-large slots.

The Zone 3 board position is currently held by Lisa Maloney, who has served on the school board since 2013. Three other Scappoose residents have filed, including Christine Prockish, Mike Bradley and Curt Francis.

Prockish is a small business owner and parent organization volunteer. She currently serves on the Scappoose School District Budget Committee and the Scappoose Economic Development Committee. She also has two children in the district, in fifth and seventh grade.

Francis, an employee of McCall Oil & Chemical Corporation in Portland, is also a parent in the district with two children in second and fifth grade. He regularly volunteers as a crossing guard at the elementary schools, and said one of his priorities would be to enhance safety throughout the district. Francis said he personally would like to see some "fresh faces" on the school board.

Bradley did not respond to a request for comment by the Spotlight's press deadline.

The Zone 4 position is currently held by Phil Lager, who has filed for re-election. Lager has been on the school board since 2010. One person has filed against Lager — Donny Leader.

Leader, an employee for city of Portland, has two children currently in the district, in third and fourth grade, and volunteers with parent groups. Leader said he sees the school board position as a way to become more involved in the community.

The Zone 5 position is currently held by board chair Joe Lewis. Lewis has been on the school board since at least 2007. One person has filed against Lewis — Tim Brooks. Brooks, a Comcast employee, said his children went to school in the district, and he now has grandchildren in Scappoose schools and wanted to get involved with the school board for that reason.

St. Helens School Board

On the St. Helens School District board of directors, three positions are up for re-election. For two of the positions, the only people to file are the current incumbents, Kellie Smith and Jeff Howell.

Gordan Jarman, who currently holds the third open position, is not running for re-election. Jarman cited personal reasons, saying he will likely be moving out of the district soon. Trinity Monahan filed for the spot being vacated by Jarman. Monahan, a corrections officer who lives in Columbia City, ran for the St. Helens School Board in 2015.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue

The Columbia River Fire and Rescue board of directors has three positions up for re-election, Positions 2, 4 and 5, currently held by Hans Feige, Pete Koss and Diane Dillard, respectively. As of the Spotlight's press deadline, which is prior to the ele-ction filing deadline, Koss and Dillard had not filed to run for their positions.

Board newcomer Feige, who was appointed to the board in November to fill a vacancy, has filed to run for a two-year term in his current position. Feige is an environmental consultant in Scappoose and has experience with the budget committee.

Ronda Melton, a former Scappoose Fire District employee, has also filed. Melton previously ran for the board in 2015, and has frequently critiqued the CRFR board for lack of transparency.

Kelly Niles, an Oregon Department of Forestry employee and longtime CRFR volunteer firefighter, is the third to file. Niles said he is considering leaving his volunteer role in the near future, but would like to stay involved in the fire organization, which is why he is running. Niles also volunteers with several commissions in Columbia City.

Scappoose Fire District

Two candidates —David Graham and Andy Krieck — were both running unopposed for director positions three and five on the Scappoose Rural Fire District board of directors as of Thursday morning. Graham and Krieck are both incumbents.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correctly identify employement information about candidate Curt Francis.

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