Hood River School District seeks candidates for four board seats

March 21 is deadline to file for dozens of local board positions

The Hood River County School Board has four positions coming open in the May election. The district would like to encourage community members to consider board service as a way to be involved and make a contribution to the children and schools of Hood River County.

March 21 is the filing deadline at he Hood River county clerk’s office for the May 21 special district election.

Any candidate interested in filing for board positions can visit the Hood River County Elections website for filing forms or visit the office to pick up a form.


The clerk’s office is located in the County Administration Building, Sixth and State streets.

The office is open from

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For details contact the Election Office at


School district positions open for election are:

Position 2 — currently held by Jeff Kopecky, who has elected not to run for another term.

Position 4 — currently held by James Sims, who has elected not to run for another term.

Position 6 — currently held by Mark Johnson, who has indicated he will be running for another term.

Position 7 — currently held by Jan Veldhuisen Virk, who has indicated she will be running for another term.

According to the Hood River County Elections Office, only one non-incumbent person has filed to run for the school board at this time.

To better understand the various positions and what geographic zones they represent, interested candidates may contact Terri Martz at the Hood River County School District Offices at 541-387-5013, or a representative from the Hood River County Elections Office.

Special district positions are also open on the boards of Hood River Library District, Columbia Gorge Community College district and Columbia Gorge Education Service District.

Also with open positions are Hood River County Parks and Recreation District, the County Transportation District, ports of Hood River and Cascade Locks, as well as all rural fire, water and sanitation districts.

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