Featured Stories

All three Banks School Board seats contested

Gaston has three candidates for three board seats

It was a bit of a game of candidate musical chairs in last-minute filings for the May 19 Banks School Board election.

With three positions up for election, each seat is contested.

Incumbent Kathy Edison had originally filed for re-election to Position 5, but withdrew her candidacy just before the March 19 filing deadline.

Edison currently serves as board chairwoman and was first elected to the board in 2007.

Will Moore, who originally filed to run for the Position 4 seat, withdrew his candidacy for that seat and re-filed for Position 5. Moore will run against James Harris for Position 5.

Ron Frame and Todd Iverson will run for Position 4, a two-year unexpired term. Frame was appointed to the seat in 2013.

Incumbent Laurie Schlegel will run against Tom Forest for the Position 3 seat. Schlegel was originally appointed to the school board in 2009. Forest has served on the school district’s budget, technology and superintendent selection committees.

In Gaston, incumbent Christine Riley, who has served on the board since 2004, has filed for re-election to Position 1. Clinton Nelson, who has served for one term, will seek re-election to Position 4.

TJ Johnson has filed to run for Position 5, currently held by Michael Morey. Morey did not file to run again.

Banks and Gaston school districts each have five elected school board members. Members are elected to four-year terms (except for the unexpired Position 4 seat in Banks. Since Frame was appointed to the seat, he is required to run in the next available election to retain his seat).

Ballots for the May 19 election will be mailed on April 29, according to information from the Washington County Elections Division.


Local Weather



Forest Grove


Humidity: 75%

Wind: 5 mph

  • 22 May 2015

    Partly Cloudy 66°F 49°F

  • 23 May 2015

    Cloudy 67°F 49°F