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School district, fire board see contested races

Voters will see several contested races on their ballots during May 21 elections for special districts.

Five out of seven positions on the North Wasco County School District 21 board are up for election, and three of those races have two candidates to choose from.

Dean McAllister is challenging incumbent John Frederick to represent Zone 2 and John Nelson is challenging incumbent Dave Jones in Zone 4. Vying for Zone 5 (previously held by Brian Stahl) are Eric Nerdin and Aaron Bowman.

Current directors Carol Roderick (Zone 1) and Ernie Blatz (Zone 7) are running unopposed.

At the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District, both positions up for election are contested, with newcomers John Willer and Carmen Gronquist running for Position 2 and Bill Wolfe challenging incumbent Harry A. Larsen for Position 4.

At Dufur School District 29, incumbents Anne Kelly and Stanley Ashbrook are running unopposed but director Cindy Johnson is being

challenged for her seat in Position 4 by Robert Wallace.

In South Wasco County School District 1 incumbents Jerry Duling, Katie T. Sowell and John Herlocker, Jr. are running unopposed. Zone 3 has a single candidate in D. Tyler Myers and incumbent Michael J. Foreaker is being challenged by Carol Franklin-Rager for Zone 6.

At the Mosier Fire District Darin Molesworth and Victor D. Hamilton are running unopposed to keep their current positions on the board, while incumbent Lee Roy Herman is being challenged by Marc Berry.

For Columbia Gorge Community College, Columbia Gorge Education Service District, Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District and Port of The Dalles all candidates are unopposed incumbents.

No candidates have filed for the two Columbia Rural First Protection District seats, for Position 4 on the Wamic Rural Fire Protection District, for all three positions on the Pinegrove Water District, for both positions on the Tygh Valley Water District board, for Position 3 at Dufur Parks and Recreation and for Position 4 in the White River Health District.

The deadline for filing has passed but citizens are still able to run as write-in candidates.

On the ballot is also one measure, an extension of a current option tax that expires this year. If renewed it would continue to supplement operating costs for the Deschutes Rim Health Clinic in the White River Health District. The proposed rate is $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for five years and would raise an estimated $100,000 a year.

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