Bend-La Pine Schools will see a set of familiar faces on its school board following Tuesday’s special district election.
As of late Tuesday night, all incumbents were expected to return to seats on the board — one of them newer than the others.
In the race for the Zone 7 at-large position, incumbent Carrie Douglass will keep her spot on the board. Douglass was appointed to the position Feb. 28 after former school board member Nori Juba announced his resignation before the completion of his term. Candidates in the Zone 7 race raised the highest amount of money of any Bend-La Pine School Board election. Douglass raised more than $21,700 in cash contributions, while opponent Troy Reinhart raised $10,300 in cash.
Ricardo Olegario, who also ran for the Zone 7 seat, didn’t form a political action committee, which means he only raised $750 or less.
Douglass said she didn’t know what to expect from her election campaign going into it, but felt Tuesday evening that hers was a decisive victory.
“I’m glad to see that the community seems to value having education expertise on the board,” Douglass said. Douglass works as a managing partner of Education Cities, a national nonprofit working to increase educational outcomes for students from low-income communities.
Incumbent Stuart Young took the Zone 4 La Pine/Sunriver position on the school board over Richard Asadoorian.
Julie Craig, who ran unopposed for the Zone 2 northeast Bend position, will also keep her seat on the board. Craig originally joined the board by appointment in 2012.
For Zone 1 in northwest Bend, incumbent Cheri Helt defeated Angela Chisum. Helt was originally appointed to the board in 2010.
Helt said she is honored by the community to serve the students, faculty and staff of Bend-La Pine .
“I just felt like I wanted to run a good campaign and run it strong until the end, so I never took it for granted,” Helt said. “I’m really relieved to get back to the work that matters again.”
Helt said Tuesday night she was headed downtown to celebrate the passing of the $268.3 million school bond with those behind the campaign.
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