A ballot box in front of the Banks Public Library. Photo: Chas Hundley
BANKS – For readers in much of this newspaper’s coverage area, the special districts election on Tuesday, May 21 will hold few surprises. With the exception of one Banks School Board position and a choice to renew a levy for Banks Fire District #13, every other race has but a single choice, barring any write-in campaigns.
In Mountaindale, certain areas Northeast of Banks and portions of the Roy community, which are covered by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the race becomes more tangled, with two seats up for reelection, with both incumbents facing challengers who have or are currently serving on other fire boards.
Candidates for Banks Fire District include Matt Vandehey, position 2, Mark Schmidlin, position 4, and Ed Ewing, position 5.
The Banks School Board race has two seats on the ballot this year; Dan Streblow is running uncontested for position 3, while incumbent James Harris must fend off challenger Will Moore—who held two terms as a Banks school board director from 2006 through 2013—if he wishes to retain his seat.
Banks Fire District #13 voters will also be asked to vote on measure 34-287, a measure to renew a local option levy to maintain fire and emergency medical services.
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