Work session

Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District board members at a March work session. From left, Celeste Bodner, Su Coddington, Erika Marshall, Michael Hinton, Katharine Parker and park district executive director Skyler Archibald.

With five open positions on the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District board of directors, the field is beginning to crowd.

Celeste Bodner and Erika Marshall each announced this week they will run in the May 18 election. They face competitive elections in Position 2 and Position 4, respectively.

Bodner is the founder and executive director of the Seaside-based FosterClub, a national nonprofit with a mission to improve the lives of young people in and from foster care. She was appointed to the board in August to fill the unexpired term of Jeremy Mills, who stepped down in July.

Businessman John Huismann filed for Position 2 in February.

Marshall was appointed in August to fill the remainder of the four-year term of former board member John Chapman, who also left the board in July.

A Seaside resident, Marshall is director of global human resources for Mercy Corps, working with the organization’s vice president to guide overall vision and strategic direction.

Marshall will be challenged by Jackie Evans, who announced her candidacy for Position 4 last week.

Evans, a Seaside resident, is a former vice president of operations at Fred Meyer stores. She works part-time at Bath and Body Works in Seaside. A graduate of Oregon City High School, her prior governmental experience includes work as an enumerator for the 2020 decennial census.

Vice president and secretary Michael Hinton, who holds Position 3, is the board’s longest serving member and has served for 19 years. Hinton has more than 45 years experience in appointed and elected positions. He submitted his application for candidacy in February.

Al Hernandez, a retired accounting and financial professional, is on the ballot for the Position 1 seat. Most recently he was financial officer at Sunset Empire Transportation District.

The position is held by Su Coddington, who has yet to file for candidacy.

Katharine Parker, president of the board, represents Position 5. She has yet to announce her plans.

Candidate filings began Feb. 6 and continue until March 18, the last day for district candidates to file declaration or withdrawal.

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