Canby to have two new school board members
Each of Canby's four open school board positions saw one incumbent running against one newcomer. The latest results show incumbents will likely hold onto two of the positions and newcomers will snag the other two.
As of Monday, May 24, for position 2, incumbent Tom Scott is in the lead with 4,549 votes over Olga Jimenez with 2,322 votes.
For position 3, incumbent Sara Magenheimer has the lead with 4,233 votes over Stephanie Smith with 2,497.
For position 4, newcomer Sherry Smith has the lead with 3,711 votes over current director Mike Zagyva at 3,274 votes.
"I would like to congratulate my opponent," Zagyva said, "wish all the members of the Canby School Board the very best and thank all those who supported me. God bless."
For position 7, newcomer Shelley Vissers has the lead with 3,984 votes over current Board Chair Angi Dilkes with 2,842 votes.
Scott is a local business owner, working in real estate investment, development and construction. He has been married to his wife, Erika, for 23 years, and they have four children.
He has held Position 2 for the last 12 years and said he chose to run for another term because he believes his "leadership, knowledge and experience will be beneficial to our schools, board and community."
Magenheimer is self-employed in the property management industry. She is married and a parent of four children who are the third generation to go through Canby schools.
She has held Position 3 since 2017.
"It is an honor serving our community as a Canby School Board director," Magenheimer said after initial results. "I remain committed to work with dedication, compassion, and collaboration for the success of all our students.
"This is a critical time in our district, and I am ready to continue my work to transition all students back to full-time in-person learning, address the student gaps created by this last year, support a new superintendent and work to implement our school bond. I am passionate about continuing to work together with our community to create an engaging, rigorous and well-rounded academic experience for our students."
Newcomer Sherry Smith is the business manager at Tyler Smith & Associates. She has lived in Canby for almost 10 years and ran for the position because she wants to give back to the community, she said.
"I have experience in various schooling options, and I am excited to bring a new perspective, fresh energy and creativity to the school board," Smith said in her pamphlet statement.
Vissers is a self-employed, fifth-generation Canby resident. She has dedicated her time to volunteering at various educational levels as a reading mentor, coach, and encourager of parent involvement.
Vissers said Tuesday night that she was waiting for the final results but that she was humbled by the votes so far.
"I appreciate the support that I have received," she said.
The newly elected school board directors will assume their positions in July and serve four-year terms.
This story has been updated with the latest results.
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