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District board posts face competition on May ballot

A handful of seats on local districts will be contested in May's special election.

Positions on the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District board, the Tualatin Valley Water District and the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue board face competition.

Candidates for the positions signed up last week with the Washington County elections office. The May ballot includes three seats on the park district board, three seats on the Tualatin Valley Water District board, two fire district board seats, two seats on the Raleigh Hills Water District and three posts on the West Slope Water District board.

On the park district board, Joe Blowers' Position 5 seat is being challenged by Gregory K. Cody of Beaverton.

Blowers of Beaverton is a Portland middle school science teacher who has been on the park district board for four years.

Cody is collection manager for The Commercial Agency in Garden Home. He also has been a member of the district's Athletic Center Advisory Committee since November 2005.

John Griffiths of Beaverton is seeking re-election to the park district board Position 4 seat he has held for eight years. He has no opposition on the ballot.

Robert N. Scott of Cedar Mill is the lone candidate for the board Position 3 seat. Scott is a senior vice president and commercial account officer with Northwest Bank. He was appointed in June 2006 to fill the Position 3 seat and must seek election to keep the post.

Water districts

On the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue District board, Sandra Jabs of Wilsonville is challenging incumbent Carol Gearin for the Position 4 seat.

Jabs is a victims advocate and a former elementary school teacher. Gearin, a Garden Home resident, is a retired registered nurse who has been on the fire district board for 12 years.

Brian J. Clopton of Wilsonville is seeking re-election to the fire district board Position 5 seat he has held for eight years.

On the Tualatin Valley Water District board, Marie J. Haynes of Beaverton is challenging Stephen E. Pearson of Cedar Mill for the Position 1 seat.

Pearson was appointed to the board seat in February to replace the late Gordon Martin Jr. of Tigard and must be elected to serve the remaining two-year term. He is a senior financial analyst for the Portland Park and Recreation Bureau.

Haynes is a retired elementary and middle school teacher.

In the board's Position 4 seat, incumbent Richard P. Burke of Beaverton is being challenged by Edward J. Cleary of Aloha.

Burke, a public policy consultant, has been on the water district board for nearly eight years. Cleary is a retired engineer who worked for Tektronix Inc.

James L. Doane, a retired civil engineer from Aloha, is seeking re-election to the board. He has served on the board for nine years and has no opposition on the ballot.

On the Raleigh Water District board, Babette Horenstein of Raleigh Hills is seeking re-election to the Position 1 seat. Phil Gladstein of Raleigh Hills is seeking the Position 4 seat.

Three incumbents are seeking re-election to their positions on the West Slope Water District. Robert W. Rieck of Beaverton is the lone candidate for the Position 1 post. A.P. DiBenedetto of West Slope is the only candidate seeking the Position 2 seat. John C. Horne of West Slope is the lone candidate for the Position 4 post.