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Two candidates for service district's at-large seat make for rare head-to-head contest.

The longest serving board member for the Clackamas Education Service District, Nadene Duffield, received rare opposition from Glenda Scherer for the at-large countywide seat, in the May 18 election.

Nadene DuffieldDuffield has only occasionally had an opponent in her nearly 25 years in the elected position, and according to unofficial election results, has retained that seat by about 55% to 45%.

A resident of the Redland area near Oregon City, Duffield starting working as a teacher at Riverside School in the North Clackamas district in 1969. She has spent her entire career as a teacher, with most of those years at Redland Elementary School.

These days through the ESD Board, Duffield has been helping sift through dozens of applications to replace the ESD superintendent who is retiring in June.

Beyond her work on the ESD board, Duffield has volunteered for years as a reading tutor in Clackamas County schools, but she had to stop that work when COVID-19 hit in spring 2020 and classrooms emptied. Also put on hold was her volunteer position as a docent at the Stevens Crawford Heritage House in Oregon City.

Duffield stays active, though, keeping up with her seven grandchildren, and managing upgrades to her home in the middle of 20 acres of forest. She and her husband were forced to evacuate during the fall 2020 wildfires. She's grateful to be back home, and plans online reading tutoring with a granddaughter and some of her friends.

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