Hopefuls line up for school elections

A trickle of candidates have begun to file for open school board seats in Jackson County's May 19 special election.

Candidates have until March 19 to file for school board elections in Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, Butte Falls and the Southern Oregon Education Service District.


A candidate has filed for each of the four Medford School Board positions up for election. The board sets policy for Jackson County's largest district of 12,000 pupils, which also is one of the region's largest employers.

School Board members Robin Stroh, Position 2, and Brian Penland, Position 1, will not run for re-election, opening the way for a couple of newcomers who already have filed.

"I feel good about what we've accomplished in the last four years and it's been a real good experience," Stroh said. "It's time to pass the torch."

Stroh said she has had to supplement her income by working at night, which interferes with School Board duties.

"School Board, it's a huge commitment, not just every other week board meetings, but everything that goes in between," she said.

Penland said he's been looking for jobs in Portland and might not be able to fulfill the commitment of a four-year term.

"I don't think it's fair to run for re-election when I might not be able to stay in the area," Penland said.

Shawna Dye, a SOESD special education assistant who is new to politics, has filed for Penland's position.

Paulie Brading, who was appointed to Position 4 in July, has filed for Stroh's vacant seat.

Sally Killen, a retired Medford teacher, has filed for Brading's position.

Incumbent Tricia Prendergast is seeking re-election to Position 3.

So far none of the candidates have opponents.


No one has filed for three four-year board positions in the Ashland School District.

Butte Falls

The tiny school district of Butte Falls has incumbent Suzanne Macy seeking another term in Position 5.

No one has filed for Positions 1 and 2. All three seats have four-year terms.

Central Point

Jolee Wallace, a vineyard owner, has filed for Position 4, while incumbent Richard Dunn has cast his bid for re-election to Position 2. Both are four-year terms.

Position 1 has not yet drawn a candidate.

Eagle Point

Eagle Point's School Board President Jonathan Bilden is seeking re-election for four more years in Position 3.

James Mannenbuch, a retired educator, is seeking Position 2.

No one has filed for Positions 1 and 5.


The Phoenix-Talent School Board has four positions up for election, all with four-year terms. No one had filed as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.


No one has filed for two positions carrying four-year terms.


No candidates have filed for four positions in Prospect, one with a two-year term and three with four-year terms.

Rogue River

Rogue River has not attracted candidates to its three open board positions, all with four-year terms.

Southern Oregon Education Service District

SOESD has five positions open. Only incumbent James Harrington has filed for re-election, in Zone 2.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.

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