> When ballots are sent out next month for the May 16 Special District Election, Jefferson County voters will have to do their homework.
Dozens of candidates met last Thursday's filing deadline for positions on a wide range of county boards, from the 509-J and Culver school districts to the Crooked River Ranch Road District.
Four Madras candidates will vie for two positions on the 509-J Board of Directors. Brad Holliday will challenge incumbent Julie Quaid for position 4, while Tim Ogilvie will take on incumbent Mary Jo Deuel.
For position 2 on the Culver School Board, incumbent Matt Zachary will face Mindy Harnden and Tresa McDonald, all of Culver. Zoe Ann Schumacher is unopposed for position 5.
Four candidates have filed for four positions on the Jefferson County Education Service District: Stephanie Franklin of Madras for at-large position 6; Dani Cowdrey for Ashwood position 1; Jon Sheldahl of Camp Sherman for Black Butte zone position 3; and Lola Hagman for Culver position 1.
Kimberly K. Symons and Ann Snyder, both of Ashwood, have filed for positions 1 and 5 on the Ashwood School District Board.
Camp Sherman residents Martha "Marti" Dale and Dean Edgar Potter have filed for positions 3 and 4 on the Black Butte-Camp Sherman School District.
Bill Apgar of Madras, and Evan S. Thomas and Michael Cloud, both of Culver, have filed for positions 3, 4, and 5, respectively, on the Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District Board.
At Crooked River Ranch, Lexus E. Johnson and Phil Piazza are unopposed for positions 3 and 4 on the Rural Fire Protection District Board. Ed Elliott will challenge incumbent Kay Lammers for position 5.
For the Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD, Chuck Newport of Sisters and Chan Cathcart of Camp Sherman have filed for positions 4 and 5.
The Deschutes Valley Water District has four Madras residents seeking three positions: Marc Heckathorn, Harold H. Moore, Eldon J. Barker, and Bob Vigil.
Leslie Weigand and Catherine Luther, both of Madras, are unopposed for positions 1 and 2 on the Jefferson County Library Board.
For the Crooked River Ranch Road District, six people will compete for two posts: for position 1, Bill Hobbs, Richard J. Miller, and Clyde Stryker; and for position 2, Edna (Kitty) E. Pullen, Connie Lefor, and Larry V. Miller.
K. Steve Heydon and Joe Morgan of Madras have filed for positions 3 and 5 on the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services Board.
The Mountain View Hospital District Board has three openings. Tom Kirsch of Madras, Lee Bissell of Culver, and Mack Gardner of Madras have filed for positions 1, 5, and 7.
Finally, three members of the Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors have refiled: Margaret Kincaid (position 1), David V. Evans (position 2), and Janet Morgan (position 3).
The last date for new voters to register is April 24. Ballots will be mailed out between April 27 and May 1.