Numerous D-21 Candidates Highlight Wasco County May 21 Election
A large field of thirteen candidates have filed for the six positions on the North Wasco County School District 21 board that will be on the May 21 ballot. There are three three-candidate races among them…including Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Mary Morehouse, and Erica Flores in zone 1…Bethani Studebaker, Sherry Perry, and Josh Farris for zone 5…and Trudy Lupkes, Cassie Ware, and Jose Aparicio for zone 6. Thistlethwaite and Studebaker were both appointed to the board last summer. The other contested seat is in zone 3, with David Jones and Maggie Rocha as the candidates. Dawn Rasmussen in zone 2 and Michael Sullivan in zone 7 are unopposed. Sullivan was appointed Thursday night by the D-21 board to the zone 7 seat that was vacant, and will fill out the term that ends on June 30. There are no contested elections for the Port of The Dalles and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District boards, with Greg Weast, Staci Coburn, and David Griffith on the Port ballot and Tracy Dugick and Brewster Whitmire filing for the Parks District panel. Other contested seats that will be decided in the May 21 election include position 1 on the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District board with Diana Bailey and Mike Cronin on the ballot, zone 4 in the South Wasco County School District between Sharon DeHart and Tammarra Ferguson, and position 2 on the Tygh Valley Rural Fire Protection District board between Terry Stark and Brandon Ferguson.