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Malheur County school boards lure few filers as the deadline for special district election nears

MALHEUR COUNTY – Voters in Malheur County will have an opportunity to bring change to their respective school boards at the May 21 election.

The race for the 35 school board seats began Feb. 19, the first day candidates could file for office. 

By last Thursday, only 13 have officially filed to run for the unpaid positions, according to records from Malheur County Clerk Gayle Trotter. 

The deadline to file is Thursday, March 21.

School boards play a vital role in the community and represent the citizens in the education of children. 

In addition to establishing policies and regulations for the district schools, the school board also functions as the community’s watchdog for schools, according to the National School Boards Association. 

In the Jordan Valley School District, one candidate has filed . . .