The Seaside Signal and Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District will host a board candidate forum on Thursday, May 2, from 7 to 8 p.m.
The event takes place at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Avenue A, in Seaside. The event will be introduced by Rec District executive director and moderated by Signal editor R.J. Marx.
“It’s really exciting to see so much interest in the two positions,” Rec District executive director Skyler Archibald said April 5. “The board has a lot of responsibility making fiduciary decisions for the district and the directions we go.”
Signal publisher Kari Borgen said the forum will heighten civic awareness. “It’s our belief that the role of a community newspaper includes providing for a well-informed public to keep our communities strong,” Borgen said. “Working with local groups to sponsor voters forums accomplishes just that: it gives the public an opportunity to learn about the candidates and positions they represent to make an informed decision in an election.”
Seven candidates are on the ballot for two board seats in the May 21 Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District board election.
Three candidates will vie for the Position 5 seat, held by Rodney Roberts, appointed earlier this year after district board president Alan Evans stepped down.
Roberts seeks to return to the board for a full four-year term.
Also filing for the Position 5 seat are Patrick Duhachek and Lindsey Morrison.
The Position 4 seat comes vacant after current board member Edward Hassan announced plans to move outside the district.
John Chapman, Katharine Parker, Marti Wajc and Shirley Yates have filed to fill that seat.
Veronica Russell, Jeremy Mills and Michael Hinton fill the other three board seats. Each of their terms expire in 2021.
The special district election will take place May 21.
The last day to register for voters will be April 30. Registration cards postmarked by this date or submitted online no later than 11:59 are valid.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the community to hear what their interests are in running, what they want to see for SEPRD moving forward and how they would change things if they were going to be re-elected,” Archibald said.