School election season heats up with contested races
- Rob Cullivan
- Gresham Outlook - News
Multiple candidates in East County districts
It's that time again, when school board seats are up and candidates throw down in a special election.
East County's four public school districts - Centennial, Corbett, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds - as well as Mt. Hood Community College will have contested races.
The Multnomah County Board of Elections will mail ballots by Friday, April 29, and the election takes place Tuesday, May 17. In order to vote, you must register by Tuesday, April 26.
In the weeks ahead, The Outlook will provide extensive coverage on the elections, but here's a summary of contested seats in the Centennial and Corbett school districts, with the candidates for each position listed.
In coming editions, The Outlook will present lists of candidates for Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Mt. Hood.
You can learn more by visiting the Multnomah County Elections Division website at co.multnomah.or.us/dbcs/elections/ and clicking on 'Current and Upcoming Elections.'
All seats are for four-year terms beginning July 1, 2011, and ending June 30, 2015.
Incumbent Shar Giard, a Realtor/real estate agent from Gresham, was appointed a member of the board in June 2006. She was elected in 2007 and is the board chairwoman.
Bert Kopke is retired and worked for Boeing Aircraft Company in Gresham.
Position 3 At-Large:
Incumbent Brenda Clark has been a member of the board since June 2007 and is the board's vice chairwoman. She was also president of the Centennial Little League from 2002-06, and is production forewoman at Oroweat/Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Dorothy Clark is a dental hygienist.
Position 4, At-Large:
Incumbent Jeff Dettmann, who holds this seat, is a painting contractor from Gresham.
Pam Shields, a Mt. Hood Community College business and computer instructor, has taught at Centennial High School, served on its site council and coached the Awesome Eagles Showband Color Guard.
Incumbent Brian James, an aircraft maintenance technician, has served on the board since 2003.
Annette Calcagno, an office manager and payroll specialist, has served on the Corbett School District Budget Committee since 2008.
Incumbent Mark Hyzer, an engineering manager, has served on the board since 2004, is board vice chairman, and has also served on the district's budget committee.
Janet M. Ruddell, a data analyst for Portland Public Schools, is a former Future Farmers of America and 4-H member.
Incumbent Maureen Childs, chairwoman of the board, has been a member since 2005, and also served on the board from 1996 to 2002. She has also served on the district's budget committee. She is principal and language arts teacher at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School in Beaverton.
Victoria Purvine is co-owner of Evergreen Remodeling, Inc.
Dirk Iwata-Reuyl is a chemistry professor at Portland State University.
Group hosts candidate forum
The League of Women Voters of East Multnomah County will host a Reynolds School District Board candidates forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Fairview City Hall, 1300 N.E. Village St.
Positions 1, 5, 6 and 7 on the board are open, and all candidates have been invited.
For more information, call Marlene Byrne, president of The League of Women Voters of East Multnomah County, at 503-491-9384.
The League of Women Voters, the city of Fairview and MetroEast Community Media sponsor this event.