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More challengers step up in School Board, park district races

Beaverton voters will have some choices to make in the May 17 election after all.

Four more candidates on Thursday filed to challenge incumbents on the Beaverton School Board and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Board of Directors.

They join John Somoza, who surfaced early on to challenge incumbent Jeff Hicks for the Zone 6 position he has held on the School Board since 2005.

School board member Mary VanderWeele now faces Cynthia Bethea for her Zone 3 seat.

Meanwhile, Lisa Shultz is running unopposed for her Zone 7 position.

Park district race heats up

Both board incumbents for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District will have some campaigning to do in the coming months.

Long-time board member John Griffiths will face Jeffrey Smith for his Position 4 seat.

Challengers Tim Tank and Lisa Michaels have both stepped up to challenge Joe Blowers for his Position 5 seat.

Other posts on the ballot

In contrast, board incumbents for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue have a smooth election season ahead of them.

Newly appointed Randy Lauer is unopposed in his bid for election to Position 4.

Brian Clopton, who has served on the board since 1998, is also without a challenge for his Position 5 seat.

All candidates have until Monday, March 21, to file a candidate statement for the Voter's Pamphlet.