Dimeo-Ediger has tossed her hat into the ring for Banks School Board job

Forest Grove School Board vice-chairman John Hayes filed paperwork Monday with the Washington County Elections Office to retain his Position 1 seat in the May 21 special election.

The first day for candidates to file was Saturday, Feb. 9. The last day for a candidate to file or withdraw will be March 21, according to elections officials.

Hayes, a retired Pacific University dean who has recently led board efforts to better communicate with constituents by starting a series of pre-meeting "chats" on the second Monday of the month, is running for the seat to which he was appointed in January 2012.

If he's returned to the five-member panel, Hayes has pledged to work with Oregon legislators on K-12 funding issues.

Other Forest Grove board seats open in the upcoming election are Position 3, currently held by board chairwoman Alisa Hampton, and Position 2, currently held by Gil Jimenez, who joined the board as an appointee the same month as Hayes.

Hampton, who has served on the board since 2008, had originally said she would not seek another term. But last month she said she was considering another run.

Jimenez, who has experienced health issues in recent months and has missed a number of board meetings dating back to last fall, said in mid-January he hoped to run for his first four-year term if his recovery continued to go well.

As of Tuesday morning, neither Jimenez nor Hampton had filed with the elections office.

In Banks, only Norie Dimeo-Ediger, who holds Position 1 on the school board, had filed for her seat by Tuesday . Dimeo-Ediger was elected in 2009 and her term is due to expire June 30.

Position 2, held by Will Moore, and Position 4, held by board vice-chairman Richard Bowden, are also up for election in May.

Gaston School Board chairman Roger Mesenbrink, who holds Position 3 on that panel, has said he'll run again. Karen Fordyce's Position 2 seat is also open, but neither had filed with the elections office by Feb. 12.

Candidates must complete an application and file it with the elections office, 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd., Beaverton. To qualify, a candidate must be a registered voter, live with district boundaries and have lived in the district for at least a year.

Deadline to file a candidate statement for the Oregon Voter's Pamphlet is March 25.

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