Ballot Update: final day to register is April 26

UPDATE: A previous version of this article should have stated the final date for voter registration is April 26.

The last day to register to vote for the May 17, 2016, Primary Election will be April 26.

Numerous local, state and federal offices will be on the ballot, along with a ballot measure on commercial bottled water and a bond levy proposal for Hood River County School District.

Voters will find races for County Commission and State House Dist. 52, and for Cascade Locks Justice of the Peace. Since last report, the lone new filing at the Hood River County Elections office is by Donna Mohr, formerly of the Cascade Locks Port Commission, who will run against Brad Lorang for the local court job.

According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, registration cards postmarked by the Feb. 16 date or submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. are valid. For details, go to the Oregon Secretary of State’s website, or contact the Hood River County Elections Office, Sixth and State streets, at 541-386-1234.

Rep. Mark Johnson of Hood River, a Republican, faces two challengers from the Democratic Party for the Dist. 52 position he has held for three terms. They are Mark Reynolds of Odell and Walt Trandum of Sandy.

The County Commission seat held by Maui Meyer (who decided not to run for a fourth term) has two candidates so far: A.J. Kitt and Rich McBride.

March 8 is the final day for candidates to file for office.

Here are details on the two measures that have been placed on the county ballot:

• Measure 14-55 amends the County Charter to prohibit commercial bottled water production, and was brought to the ballot by opponents of the proposed water transfer agreement and bottling plant in the City of Cascade Locks. The proposed initiative would prohibit the commercial production of bottled water in the county. The initiative would also prohibit the transport of commercially-produced bottled water collected from any water source within the county and the transport of water for the purpose of commercially producing bottled water.

• Measure 14-58 asks voters to approve a levy for $57,175,000 in bonds to improve and construct facilities within the Hood River County School District. If approved, bonds are expected to finance the repairs to schools, including addressing failing roofs, heating and ventilation systems, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems; increase learning space; energy efficiency improvements to decrease energy use; improvements addressing deferred maintenance, worn out finishes, and replace old equipment; technology improvements in every school for student learning opportunities; safety and security updates at every school; new science, engineering and math lab learning space at Wy’east Middle School; replace, equip and furnish May Street Elementary School on the same site, providing maintenance and operational savings; upgrade and improve athletic fields and tracks, including those used most by community members; upgrade school playgrounds at Cascade Locks, Parkdale and Mid Valley Elementary Schools; and pay associated furnishing, equipping, demolition, site improvement and bond issuance costs.

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