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Write-in candidate wins two seats on school board

A single write-in candidate has won two positions on the Santiam Canyon School District Board and it will be up to the district to determine a second individual to fill the other seat.

Elizabeth Reeser was the leading write-in candidate for positions 1 and 3, according to election results finalized Thursday, June 15, by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. 

Reeser garnered 8 votes out of 30 write-ins for Position 1, and 8 votes out of 44 write-ins for Position 3.

The positions had no candidates on the ballot after no one filed by the March 16 deadline. 

The incumbents later resigned in April in protest of new state public disclosure laws requiring board members to share personal financial information.

Linn County Supervisor of Elections Derrick Sterling told The Canyon Weekly Reeser was only eligible for Position 1 as this corresponds to the area of the district where she lives. 

Sterling said the district will need to fill Position 3 according to its own policies for addressing vacant seats on the board.

Sterling said this is not the first time the same candidate has won more than one position, but it is not common.

Runners up for position 3 included Jim Sisk with three votes and a tie between Aniese Mitchell and Rich Moore with two votes each.

Meanwhile clear winners appeared in write-in races for seats on the Mill City Rural Fire Protection District Board. 

Position 1 went to Scott Baughman with 16 votes out of 29 write-ins, and Position 5 to Emily Henness with four votes out of 14 write-ins.

Candidates must still formally accept the positions through processes specified by each district.

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