Three School Board seats up for grabs in May special election

Three positions on the five-member Philomath School Board will be voted upon in the May 18 special election and the school district is seeking candidates to serve four-year terms.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old, registered to vote and have lived in the Philomath School District for one year immediately preceding the election. Board members may live anywhere within the district boundaries and will be elected on an at-large basis.

Candidates must file with the county clerk’s office by either submitting a petition with signatures of registered voters or by declaring a candidacy and paying the filing fee. Filing by petition has a deadline of March 11 and candidates should contact the Benton County Elections Office to determine how many signatures are required. Filing by declaration has a deadline of March 18.

School board members are elected to four-year terms and successful candidates will serve from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025. Ballots will be mailed to local voters around April 28.

The seats currently held by Jim Kildea (Position 1), Greg Gerding (Position 3) and Shelley Niemann (Position 4) will be on the ballot.

Joey McGlinchy, a familiar name over the past several months in his efforts to serve the school district and city, filed on Tuesday for Position 4. McGlinchy currently serves on the city’s Planning Commission following an unsuccessful run for City Council in November.

There are no candidates yet for the other two seats.

For more information, contact the Benton County Elections Division (541-766-6756, 120 NW Fourth St., Room 13, Corvallis, or www.co.benton.or.us/elections).

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