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Local candidates on the May 16 ballot

Santiam Canyon School District 

Position 4

Mary Richards, a retired district employee as well as former executive assistant to the superintendent for the North Santiam School District. She was appointed to the school board in 2021. Other government experience includes two years as a legislative assistant and two years as executive assistant for the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Scio School District

Position 1

Kerri Hyde, current Scio School Board chair and self-described homemaker. She is also a graduate of Scio High School.

Position 4

Amber Nelson, a real estate broker, former vice president of Iceland Construction, and former president of Scio Parent Club. This would be her first role in public office.

Gates Rural Fire Protection District

Position 1

Carol Swanson, a retired teacher and Presbyterian pastor. She was first appointed to the board in 2013 and elected to her first full term in 2015.

Position 4

Alexis Winn, a retired school administrator and current chair of the district board. She was first elected in 1999.

Position 5

John Schaer, a farmer and Linn County Road Department employee. 

This would be his first time in elected office, though he has served on the district’s budget committee for five years.

Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District 

Position 1

Brandon Hamilton, current fire chief who has also served as chief at districts in Dundee and Drakes Crossing. He was appointed to the board in 2022 and is its current president. Hamilton has also served on the Sublimity City Council.

Position 2

Teresa Maurmann, an entrepreneur, landlord and an area manager for Arbonne, a health and wellness company. She was among candidates who ran for Detroit City Council in 2022. This would be her first role in elected office.

Position 3

Serena Morones, a forensic accountant with Morones Analytics, a Portland firm specializing in accounting services and financial analysis related to litigation. She was appointed to the board in 2022 and is seeking her first elected term.

Position 4

Gregory Dyke, retired chief operations officer for the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District. Dyke was appointed to the board in 2022 and is seeking his first elected term. He also also served on the board of Aurora Rural Fire Protection District and on the Hubbard City Council.

Position 5

Matthew Lofton, local franchise owner for Snap-On tools and a former service technician for BMW of Salem. He was appointed to the board in 2022 and is seeking his first elected term.

Lyons Rural Fire Protection District

Position 1

Cynthia Wagner, owner of Santiam Towing and Recovery, Inc. She was first elected to the board in 2015 and is currently board vice president.

Position 4

Tiffany Silbernagel, owner and manager of Little Acre Logging. She is the current secretary of the board after being appointed and is seeking her first elected term. 

Position 5

Gary Rychard, director of safety and security for the North Santiam School District, with a background in law enforcement and firefighting. He is seeking his second elected term on the board. Rychard has also served on the Sublimity City Council, Sublimity Rural Fire Protection District, and Marion County Planning Commission.

Mill City Rural Fire Protection District

Position 2

Scott Stewart, a political newcomer and employee of Frank Lumber Co., of Mill City. He is a graduate of Santiam High School.

Position 3

Michael Erdman, a political newcomer and retiree. He worked for 38 years at Hoffman Corp., of Portland, most recently as a program superintendent.

Scio Rural Fire Protection District 

Position 3

Katrina Clouse, owner and principal broker of Katrina Clouse Realty Group. This would be her first role in elected office. Clouse is currently on the Scio Planning Commission and has served on the Scio Parks and Tree Committee.

Position 4

Paul Dykast, a farmer and current board member. He was first elected in 2015 and is seeking a third term. 

Lyons-Mehama Water District

Position 1

Douglas Kelly, an Ace Hardware employee with a background in chemical analysis for environmental testing. This would be his first role in elected office.

Position 3

Michael Walz, a retiree with an accounting background. He was appointed to the board in 2022 and is seeking his first elected term.

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