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Many seats contested in May 15 election

There's going to be a race for two of the four open school board seats

All state and national politics aside, the 2006 elections weren't all that exciting for the Sandy area. Most candidates ran unopposed, and some local government positions didn't have any candidates at all.

It looks like there's going to be a little more action for the May 15 special election.

Oregon Trail School Board

Most of the positions on the Oregon Trail School District Board of Directors - four, to be exact - are up for grabs, and two of those races are contested.

Retired computer science/physics teacher John Bromley, 63, aims to keep his seat on the board as the South Sandy representative (Position 4), to which the board appointed him last August.

But he'll have to contend with Michael Horttor, a Portland General Electric employee with five children in the district who has previously tried to join the board.

The two at-large positions are up for grabs. Norm Trost - a 67-year-old retired database administrator and Kiwanis Club treasurer who was served as an appointed board member for the past year - is running uncontested for Position 6, a four-year term.

There's a three-way race for the two-year at-large Position 7, pitting current board members Marjan Salveter and Randy Carmony against newcomer Michael Twist.

Carmony, 42, a service supervisor for Schindler Elevator, is the incumbent. But fellow board member Salveter, 42 - an e-commerce specialist for Leatherman Tool Group who was appointed with Carmony and Bromley back in August - cannot run again for the Position 2 seat since she doesn't live in Boring, the position's geographic area.

The third candidate for Position 7, Twist, 40, doesn't have any children of school age yet, but he wants to join the board in advance. Although he has a Boring address, Twist - a 14-year middle school teacher in the David Douglas School District and a member of the Facilities Task Force - couldn't run for Position 2 because he doesn't technically live in that zone, district spokeswoman Julia Monteith said.

As for Position 2, which will soon be vacant, Monteith said that position would likely be filled by appointment, whether it's someone from Boring who shows interest or one of the board candidates who doesn't win election.

Other races

Sandy Fire District board member Frank Happold of Cherryville will defend his Position 1 seat against Rachael Drive resident Andrew Brian. Current board member Joe Barnett of Limerick Street will run against Wildcat Mountain Drive resident Jerry Hein for Position 2. Incumbent Len Tobias runs unopposed for his Position 3 seat.

Eagle Creek resident Dean Hansell is defending his Position 1 seat on the Boring Fire District board against Chuck Miller of Boring. The other open seat on the board, Position 2, is also a race, pitting former Damascus city councilman John Hartsock, the incumbent, against Michael Strickland of Damascus.

Incumbents Shirley Dueber and Randy Hendrickson, both of Welches, were the sole applicants for positions 1 and 2, respectively, on the Hoodland Fire District Board of Directors.

In the Government Camp Sanitary District, Willy Scroggins is running against John W. Bay for Position 3. Edward D. Rogers Jr. and Andrew Tagliafico are running unopposed for positions 1 and 5, respectively. All positions have four-year terms.

Richey Road's Rod Collman will run against John Melvin of Church Road for Position 1 on the Boring Water District. Lew Seagraves of Damascus will try to take the Position 4 seat from Wally Road resident Mark Koberstein, and Position 2 incumbent Pat Bigelow also will run uncontested.

The other, smaller Sandy/mountain-area water districts - Aldercreek-Barlow, Country Club (Brightwood), Riverside (Kirkwood Drive in Sandy), Sleepy Hollow and Wildwood - have 12 total open positions, and the five people that applied for those seats are running unopposed. The seven other positions had no applicants.

To get contact information for these candidates and to learn more about them and the May 15 election, check out the Clackamas County Elections Division Web site at www.co.clackamas.or.us/elections.