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Proposed board on May 17 ballot, along with seven residents vying for five seats.

An effort to form a Hoodland Parks District to serve Rhododendron, ZigZag, Welches, Wemme, Brightwood and Cherryville has made it onto the May 17 ballot. Should Measure No. 3-581 pass, and the district is created, Clackamas County will be in need of a board to oversee the operations of the district.

So, along with the measure itself, seven Mount Hood residents' names also will appear on the ballot, vying for a seat on the board.

According to the Clackamas County elections webpage, "the candidates receiving the first, second and third highest vote shall be elected to a term expiring June 30 next following the second regular district election (June 30, 2025) (and) the candidates receiving the fourth and fifth highest vote shall be elected to a term expiring June 30 next following the first regular district election (June 30, 2023). Only five of the seven Hoodland Park board hopefuls can be elected.

Those who've thrown their hat into the ring are:

  • Heather Ostrander
  • Ostrander is a stay-at-home parent and former business owner from Brightwood. Though she has no prior government experience, Ostrander said in her Voters' Pamphlet statement that she is "passionate about the nature which surrounds us, and I am proud to call this beautiful area my home.

    "It's impossible not to see the growth taking place in our community, and I want to do whatever I can to help it thrive and maintain the welcoming feel that drew my family here," she said. "I can think of no better way to do that than to establish this Parks District and secure 20+ acres of land that our mountain community can enjoy for years to come."

  • Dannelle Wolfe
  • Wolfe is self-employed and grew up on Mount Hood where she returned to raise a family. She is the current president of the Iwakt Community Garden, the former secretary for the Mt. Hood Learning Center and a current contributing member of the Hoodland Christmas Baskets board.

    "I will put my experience to work for you," Wolfe said in her statement. Wolfe is interested in expanding the existing community garden in Welches to help "(bridge) the gap of availability and affordability of fresh produce."

    "I am very willing to listen and learn from members of our community, to get what we all want out of this Parks Department," Wolfe said. "I know together, we can create a beautiful space for ours and future generations to enjoy."

  • Robb Courtney
  • Courtney resides in Welches, is owner of Gresham-based Visiting Angels Home Care and has prior experience in parks management. He served for 20 years leading local parks and recreation agencies as the parks and recreation manager for the city of Gresham, the parks director for the city of Seattle, and the director of parks and recreation in Santa Clara County, California.

    "The proposed Hoodland Park District provides an opportunity for Hoodland residents to enhance the scope of recreational options in our community," Courtney said in his statement. "We are blessed with outdoor recreation venues provided by the Forest Service and BLM. The proposed district will allow us to develop public recreational spaces designed to meet the needs of area families. … I will do all I can to deliver park facilities that meet the needs of the Hoodland community in a timely and cost-efficient manner."

  • Becky Fortune
  • Fortune is an instructional assistant at Welches Middle School and previously worked at the Welches Community Learning Center, planning community education and recreation for children and adults for six years.

    She has lived in the Hoodland area for more than 35 years and has been employed by the Oregon Trail School District for more than 22 years. Fortune's bachelor's degree is in leisure studies and services (recreation/park management).

    "Besides the park itself, the formation of a Park District provides future opportunities for programs and partnerships," Fortune said in her statement.

  • Brittany Kintigh
  • With her background in working with Oregon nonprofts, Kintigh hopes to help the Hoodland Parks District acquire grants so as to "to keep cost (of taxes) from increasing while building a park and outdoor community space." Kintigh currently is working as manager of a nonprofit program and has experience serving youth in indoor and outdoor educational summer day camps.

    Kintigh has a bachelor's degree in social relations in policy and a master's degree in positive youth development.

    "As one of the Park District Directors, I will bring my grant writing, fundraising and development skills from my work in nonprofit management to the Hoodland Park District Board," Kintigh said. "If you vote for me, I will work collaboratively with our community and represent the needs and wants of my Welches neighbors."

  • Regina Lythgoe
  • Lythgoe is a former president of the Hoodland Women's Club and member of the steering committee, which worked to get the Hoodland Parks District measure on the ballot. She has resided in Welches for more than 40 years and is a local real estate broker.

    "I am proud of the years of commitment I have shared with so many outstanding community organizers and friends to bring the Hoodland Park District measure to the ballot," Lythgoe said. "I've gained years of insight and understanding for what is needed to navigate the processes to form of a park district for this community. Now is the time for all mountain neighbors to join me and come together for this once in a lifetime opportunity."

    If elected, Lythgoe said she will "strive to keep the tax base below the maximum allowed (and) explore opportunities for grants prior to spending tax funds."

  • Bri Dittlinger
  • Dittlinger is a Welches resident, licensed clinical social worker, member of the Hoodland Women's Club and co-owner of Cooper's Wine Bar in Welches. Dittlinger hopes to transfer her "experience with grant writing, fundraising, budget management, program development and event planning to the park district board."

    In 2020, along with her husband, Kevin, Dittlinger formed the Hoodland Adult Sports League meetup group, and she said she is "excited to continue the competition and fun this spring and summer."

    "I enjoy hiking, road tripping and playing sports in my free time and am thrilled to bring more recreation opportunities and services to the villages of Mt. Hood," Dittlinger said.

    Ballots were mailed as of April 27, and May 17 is the last day to drop off ballots in an official drop box. If you plan to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.

    For more information about the May 17 election in Clackamas County, visit clackamas.us/elections/may-17-2022-primary-election.


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