Special District Election — Tuesday, May 18 | News


POLK COUNTY — The Special District Election is May 18, and it will fill seats on local school boards, fire boards, water control districts and cemetery districts.

Ballots are on their way now, if they haven’t already arrived. Find information about ballot drop sites on page A5.

Here are the candidates in competitive races for Dallas School District, Perrydale School District, Polk County Fire District No. 1. and Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District.

Perrydale School District

Position No. 3 candidates

Jessica Keene, of Dallas

Employment history: Preschool Teacher 2003-05; Target department manager 2005-06; Verizon Wireless 2006-10; Memory care respite home 2011-13

Education: Parkrose High School, 2003; completed some courses from Warner Pacific Community College for business, no degree.

Previous government service: None

Campaign phone: 503-758-8711

How long have you lived in Polk County? 11 years

Why are you running for office?

I believe in our community and school and believe it is already great. I know I can bring a diversity to the board that isn’t currently there. Being a stay-at-home mom, I have ample time to commit to this position. I have attended every board meeting except for one in the past two years. I have a kiddo in every part of the school, kinder, late elementary, middle school, high school and special needs. By being so active in my kids’ education already, I hope being a part of the school board, I can do more for all our community kiddos.

What are the critical issues facing the Perrydale School District? How would you address them if you are elected?

I believe Perrydale already has a great board, I would be honored to join the strong team bringing my diversity to add to the strengths already present. I would focus on curriculum, adding more life skills as well as student supports. I also have a passion to create more opportunities through after school clubs that aren’t sports related for all ages.

What experience or talent would you bring to the office that would benefit the schools community?

I have been so proud of my own personal growth over the past few years learning how to look at different situations from different points of views. The ability to understand different points for views than my own has made me a great candidate for a position on school board and the diversity of tasks that come to them. My love for the school and community I live in will only help me to advocate for our kiddos to make their school careers the best it can be in a fun and caring atmosphere.

Anything else you wish to add?

Making sure my kiddos have the best possible learning environment has always been important to me. I will continue to advocate in the best interest of our community and kiddos. We already have a wonderful school and adding opportunities will benefit our littles growths as they become great, overachieving adults.

Katie Fast, of Rickreall

Employment history: Current Executive Director of Government Relations for Oregon State University. Previous employment: executive director Oregonians for Food and Shelter; vice president of public policy, Oregon Farm Bureau; and director of government relations, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

Education: Bachelor of Science, agriculture, Oregon State University.

Prior government experience: Several state agency advisory committees.

Fast did not return the I-O’s candidate questionnaire by press time.

Polk County Fire District No. 1

Position No. 2 candidates

Dan Miller, of Monmouth

Employment history: Retired Firefighter/Lieutenant Paramedic. Started in 1985 with Marion County Fire District #1. In 1994 started working for Clackamas County Fire District #1. In 2007 worked as Operations Supervisor for Rural Metro Ambulance. I Have been adjunct faculty for Chemeketa Community college teaching technical rescue classes since 2012.

Education: Laurelwood Adventist academy graduated 1980; Chemeketa Community College, AA degree in Fire Science Technology 1987, AA degree in Emergency Medical technology 1988

Previous government service: N/A

Campaign phone: 503-507-9319

How long have you lived in Polk County? 7 years

Why are you running for office? I would like to give back to my community.

What are the critical issues facing Polk County fire district? How would you address them if you are elected?

Similar to many combination departments, critical issues for PCFD#1 involve staffing levels, response times and utilizing available resources to maximize personnel safety and service delivery.

Addressing these issues does not involve a canned answer, these issues are an ongoing challenge and depend on many factors. Willingness to work with the Fire Chief while asking pertinent questions during board meetings, and sharing my insight, and voting for what I believe to be the best interest of the Fire district and the taxpayers.

What experience or talent would you bring to the office that would benefit the fire district? I have over 30 years’ experience in the Fire Service.

Freeman Stutzman, of Monmouth

Employment history: Retired

Education: Sheridan High School graduated 1964; Portland Community College, 2 years, did not graduate

Previous government service: I am the current Polk County Fire District No. 1 Director Position 2, and have held that position since 2015

Why are you running for office? I am concerned about taxpayer dollars being spent wisely.

What are the critical issues facing Polk County fire district? How would you address them if you are elected?

The county’s growth and how to serve the demands of our residents with speed and efficiency and with the greatest possible use of our dollars to keep personnel and equipment safe and up to date.

What experience or talent would you bring to the office that would benefit the fire district? I have lived in this community since 1981 and have owned and operated a fast-food restaurant for 18 years. I sold that business in 1999. I drove a dump truck for Tom Snair and worked at Valley Concrete as a truck driver and dispatcher.

Anything else you wish to add?

I would like to thank you for your time and hope you vote. In any case, please vote.

Dallas School District

Position No. 1 candidates

Carol Shaw-Slife, of Dallas

Employment history:

I retired from Salem-Keizer Public Schools, where I worked in various locations as a Special Programs Instructional Assistant/Bilingual and School Office Specialist/Bilingual.

Education: Crow High School 1976, Linfield College 1980. I had a double major in Spanish/English, which included a junior year abroad in Granada and Madrid, Spain.

Previous government service: Association of Salem-Keizer Educational Support Professionals. I was a Building Representative; member of the Executive Board, in which I served as director of several committees. I have worked on political campaigns and volunteered for organizations.

Campaign phone: 503-851-4791

Campaign website/Facebook page: Carol for Dallas School B Position 1 @carolforDSB

How long have you lived in Dallas?

I have lived in Dallas for one year, but I have lived and worked in Salem for 20 years, preceded by 20 years throughout Marion/Yamhill/Polk County areas, so I am very familiar with this part of the state.

Why are you running for office?

I want to use my experience in education and volunteer work, to benefit our schools, students, families and the community at large. I plan to work collaboratively with all Board members for open lines of communication. My passion is inclusion of the whole community. One key to a thriving community is providing an excellent education and high graduation rates in order to prepare students for a successful future. I look forward to the challenge.

Experiences you bring?

I have learned that students, parents, educators, administrators, and board members have different perspectives and priorities. But cooperating is more effective than working at cross…



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