Local Elections Matter!
How you can serve your community.

Have you thought about running for local office? Let's not sugar-coat this: it's not easy to run a campaign; nor is it easy to serve. But as so many who've chosen to make the commitment will tell you, it provides unparalleled opportunity to engage with your local community and make this place where we live just that much better for everyone. And the good news is, there are many, many people who will help you every step of the way should you choose to take that step!

Election day is May 21, 2019. There will be elections for a wide variety of positions throughout Central Oregon. Below you will find some information about what seats are up for election in some of the major races in the Bend area as well as links to information on other positions in Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, and elsewhere in the region.

Central Oregon Community College board positions (7-member board):

  • Zone 5: Bend (seat currently held by Jim Clinton)
  • Zone 6: Bend (seat currently held by Bruce Abernethy)
  • Zone 7: La Pine (seat currently held by Vicki Ricks)

To learn more about the COCC board, click  here.

Bend Park & Recreation board positions (5-member board):

  • The seat currently held by Brady Fuller, Chair
  • The seat currently held by Ellen Grover

To learn more about the Bend Park and Recreation District board, click  here.

Bend-La Pine School District board positions (7-member board):

  • Zone 1: Precincts 1, 3, 7, 8, 27, 35, 47, 49 (seat vacated by Cheri Helt)
  • Zone 3: Precincts 2, 4, 5, 25, 42 (seat currently held by Andy High, Chair)
  • Zone 5: Precincts 9, 21, 32, 33, 34, 43, 44 (seat currently held by Ron Gallinat)
  • Zone 6: At Large (seat currently held by Peggy Kincade)

To learn more about the Bend-La Pine School District board, click  here.

To run for Zones 1, 3, or 5, you must live in one of the precincts listed above for that zone. If you don't know what precinct you live in, you can find that information  here (City of Bend precincts) or  here (Deschutes County precincts) 

Deschutes County Library board positions (5-member board):

  • Redmond: seat currently held by Cynthia Claridge
  • Bend: seat currently held by Ann Malkin
  • Sunriver: seat currently held by Ray Miao

To learn more about the Deschutes County Library board, click  here.

To see other positions in Central Oregon locales, click here.

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Finally, if you want to learn more about what is really entailed in taking this leap, there are these two trainings, one from the Deschutes Dems and one by the Bend-La Pine School District:

So You Think You Wanna Run?

As you know, we have elections coming up in May (think School Board, COCC, Park and Rec, and library).  These are great ways to serve your community.  If you know of anyone that is thinking about running or if you are thinking about running, consider attending

What: So You Think You Wanna Run
When: Friday, February 22 at 6:30pm
Where: The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, Bend
Hosted by: The Deschutes Democrats

This will be a great opportunity to speak with members on these various boards and we will also have people that are serving on committees to talk about what that is like as well.  If you are thinking about running in the future, it doesn't have to be in May, then this is the event for you. 

Learn About Serving on the School Board

Bend-La Pine Schools’ Board of Directors invites interested community members to learn more about what it’s like to serve on the school board during two upcoming information sessions. The events are set to take place at the Education Center in downtown Bend. 

Board members will share the roles and responsibilities of being a board member, the time commitment involved, and answer questions from attendees.

What: Learn About Serving on the School Board
When: Tuesday, Feb 26 7 - 8 pm and Tuesday, March 12, 10 - 11 am
Where: Bend-La Pine Schools, 520 NW Wall, Bend
Hosted by: Bend-La Pine School Board