The Seaside Signal and the American Association of University Women Seaside Chapter present a board of directors candidate forum on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Candidates will participate with social distancing from the Bob Chisholm Community Center. The event will be broadcast via live stream; link to be published at sunsetempire.com and seasidesignal.com.
All five Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District board of director positions will see competitive races on May 18.
Board president Katharine Parker, who represents Position 5, is the head secretary for Seaside High School and has served on the park district board since December 2019.
She is challenged by Steven Morrison, a retired businessman.
Su Coddington, who represents Position 1, has lived in Seaside for 24 years. She has a master’s degree in nursing and worked as an ICU nurse at Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside. She heads the Community Emergency Response Team in Seaside.
Last April Coddington was appointed to the board last April.
She is challenged by Al Hernandez, a retired accounting and financial professional, also on the ballot for the Position 1 seat. Most recently he was financial officer at Sunset Empire Transportation District.
Celeste Bodner faces retired businessman John Huismann for Position 2.
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.
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.
He is challenged by business owner Patrick Duhachek. He is a Seaside Civic and Convention Center board member and a member of the park district’s budget committee.
Erika Marshall was appointed in August to fill the remainder of the four-year Position 4 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 is 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.