Elections 2019-04-07T22:54:00+00:00


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

City Wide
  • Ariel Mendez – Endorsed by Deschutes Democrats and OLCV
  • Travis Davis
[ more to come soon! ]

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Be Involved

If you want to do more to Get Out The Vote, contact the candidates directly or work for several at once with the Deschutes Democrats. Their Neighborhood Leader program is very effective.

Several other groups will also need volunteers to canvass neighborhoods, make calls, prepare materials and more. Always be sure to ask your favorite group how you can help!

Check back later for more ways to be involved.