GET READY FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS!
Vote on school board, parks, and more in May 2019
Did you think that elections only happen in November? Not here! In fact, these “minor” local elections can be some of the most important in shaping the community where you live.
On May 21, 2019, we will be voting on a slate of candidates to fill positions on school boards, parks boards, college and library boards, to serve on water and fire protection districts, and more!
Many of these like schools and parks represent independent government bodies with their own taxing authority. In Bend, for example, the parks aren’t a part of the City government – they’re operated by their own, totally separate government body in the Bend Park & Recreation District!
Turnout is much lower in these off-year elections. Not as many people vote when a presidential race isn’t on the ballot. That just means that your vote can have more impact!
Several of these races are often uncontested. It’s up to local advocacy groups and individuals who care to help support a variety of diverse candidates and give voters options. A complete list of races and candidates appearing on the May ballot can be found at the Deschutes County Clerk’s website.
The contested races are as follows. We’ll also note those who have received endorsements from local progressive organizations.
Bend La Pine Schools Zone 1
Precincts 1, 3, 7, 8, 27, 35, 47, 49
- Caroline Skidmore – Endorsed by Deschutes Democrats and Bend Education Association
- Mark Capell
- Chet Liew
BLPS Zone 3
Precincts 2, 4, 5, 25, 46
- Shimiko Montgomery – Endorsed by Deschutes Democrats and Bend Education Association
- Andy High
BLPS Zone 6
At Large (district wide) – Bend Education Association declined endorsements in this race
- Melissa Barnes Dholakia – Endorsed by Deschutes Democrats
- Richard Asadoorian
- Mike Way
Redmond Schools Position 5
At Large (city wide)
- Liz Goodrich – Endorsed by Deschutes Democrats
- Johnny Corbin
Bend Park & Recreation District Position 1
- Ariel Mendez – Endorsed by Deschutes Democrats and OLCV
- Travis Davis
[ more to come soon! ]