Filing Time: March 19 deadline nears to enlist for Special Districts ballot

Stan Benson of Hood River quietly exited the Hood River County Planning Commission this week after 25 years of service. Benson deserves thanks for a quarter-century of service in what is largely a thankless role.

Communities rely on people serving in appointed positions, such as Planning Commissions for cities and the county, and in elected ones, ranging from county-wide jurisdictions such as Transportation, Library or Parks, to location-specific bodies such as water and fire districts.

The filing deadline is approaching for a busy ballot on the May 19 Special Districts election.

It’s a long list, with plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in trying their hand at public service. Does anyone expect a typical board member to last for 25 years? It’s unusual, though not rare, but credit goes to anyone who serves with dedication for a term or two in these volunteer positions.

The filing period ends March 19 for the Special District election. Potential candidates can find the filing form on the Hood River County Elections website, All applications must be in the Elections office no later than 5 p.m. on March 19. For details contact the Hood River County Elections office at 541-386-1442.

Here is the complete list of open positions scheduled for the May 19 ballot:

HRC Transportation District

Director 1 — unexpired 2- year term

Directors — three 4-year terms

HRC School District

Position 1 — 4 year term

Position 3 — 4 year term

Position 5 — 4 year term

Parkdale RFD

Directors — three 4 year terms

Westside RFD

Directors — three 4 year terms

Wy’East RFD

Directors — two 4 year terms

Crystal Springs Water District

Commissioners — three 4 year terms

Ice Fountain Water District

Commissioners — two 4 year terms

HRC Library District

Board Members — two 4 year terms

HRV Parks and Recreation

Board Members — three 4 year terms

Port of Cascade Locks

Commissioners — three 4 year terms

Port of Hood River

Commissioners — two 4 year terms

Odell Sanitary District

Director — one 4 year term

Parkdale Sanitary District

Director — one 4 year term

Directors — two 2 year unexpired terms

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