The May 18 special election is forthcoming and with it, four positions on the Oregon Trail School Board are up for grabs.
As of March 23, three of the four incumbent board members have filed to run for reelection, including Board Member Marjan Salveter (Zone 1), Board Member Robert Lee (Zone 5) and Board Chairman Randy Carmony (Zone 7).
Long-time board member Kurt McKnight of Zone 3 has decided not to run again, citing personal reasons. No one has filed for McKnight's empty seat, but he plans to allow the board to fill the position by appointment if no one does file.
The three incumbents who have filed are running unopposed.
"I am running for another term on the school board to ensure the students and families of the Oregon Trail School District have a safe and stable future," Carmony said. "Following a tough year, we need to ensure that all of our students' health, safety, and education are the focus of the district while being mindful of our staff and parents' safety and concerns."
The calendar for this election is as follows:
• April 2: Military/overseas ballots mailed
• April 19: Out of state ballots mailed
• April 27: Voter registration deadline
• April 28: Ballots mailed to voters/drop sites opened
• May 11: Last day for voters to safely return ballots by mail
• May 18: Election Day
• June 1: Deadline to resolve ballot challenges
• June 7: Final election results certified
"The past four years has posed unprecedented challenges for our community, families, and children," said Board Member Robert Lee. "From global pandemic to state and local disasters, the Oregon Trail School District has continued to provide our students critical support services while maintaining strong stewardship of limited resources. This does not come easy. It's because of the dedicated staff, families, students and volunteers like board members who remain committed day in and day out."
"It has been an honor to serve among some of these individuals who invest countless hours and feel that my experience in public education and health administration is well suited to be represented on the board as we deal with current and future challenges," Lee added. I am proud of the exceptional work our staff and administration is doing every day and look forward to working collaboratively with them for the betterment of our district."
Salveter did not respond to request for comment before publication.
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