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SCSD seeking board member from Idanha or Detroit

The Santiam Canyon School District is seeking to fill a vacant School Board seat after a position representing Idanha and Detroit remained unclaimed following the May 16 election.

Two out of three open seats went to write-in candidate Elizabeth Reeser in Zone 1 Position 3 and incumbent Mary Richards in Zone 1 Position 4.

Both were sworn in during the Aug. 2 board meeting.

Reeser also won Zone 2 Position 1, but because she did not live in Zone 2, representing Idanha and Detroit, she was ineligible to hold this position.

Zone 1 covers Mill City and Gates.

Even if she met the residency requirements for Zone 2, Reeser would not have been able to hold both positions at once.

The board decided to move forward with filling the vacancy by appointment during their Aug. 2 meeting. At that time, Superintendent Todd Miller said no potential appointees from Zone 2 had expressed interest to the district in filling the vacancy.

Those seeking appointment must be registered voters within Zone 2 who are eligible to hold elected office. Interested potential appointees can reach out to the district office at 503-897-2321.

Zone 2 Position 1 was previously held by Mary Schenk, who chose to leave the board in April in protest of new state financial disclosure laws, along with former board members Jeremy Tinney and Jamey Fawcett. As of 2023, school board members are required to publicly disclose all sources of personal income that make up at least 10 percent of their earnings.

Fawcett’s seat was filled by the appointment of longtime former board member Richard Moore in April so the board could maintain a quorum to conduct business. Schenk’s and Tinney’s seats saw no candidates file by the deadline to appear on the May ballot and the positions were to be determined by write-in votes.

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