A special election set for May 15 in Clackamas and Multnomah counties will impact the governing bodies of two organizations that assist local schools.
Voters will choose candidates to fill positions on the board of directors at the Multnomah Education Service District and the Clackamas Education Service District.
The former serves Portland Public Schools, including the Riverdale School District. The latter serves schools in the Lake Oswego School District.
The MESD and CESD work to provide their respective county schools with a wide variety of educational programs and services, many of which are too costly or too in demand for a single location.
Their respective boards consist of seven members elected by county residents. Five members are elected from zones and two are elected at large. They serve four-year terms and are not compensated for their services.
Members come from a variety of backgrounds and professions and share a common interest in the quality of education provided in their counties.
The following individuals are running for board positions at the MESD:
Position 2 (At Large Director)
John H. Kilian
Frederick 'Rick' Okamura
Position 5 (Zone 1 Director)
Geri Washington (running for re-election)
Position 6 (At Large)
Robert R. Weaver
Janice Gratton (running for re-election)
Position 7 (Zone 3)
Kevin Spellman (formerly in Position 2, running for re-election)
The following individuals are running for board positions at the CESD:
Leonard L. Mills of Milwaukie (running for re-election)
Susan Trone of Oregon City (running for re-election)
Curtis 'Dick' Smith of Oak Grove (running for re-election)
- Cori Bolger