A total of eight people have filed for the Klamath Community College board of education. A forum to introduce the candidates to the public will be Thursday, April 25, on the campus starting at 5:30 p.m. The forum will be in Building 6, room 108-109. It will also be broadcast live at the Herald and News Facebook site: facebook.com/handn.
Zone 2, Zone 4 and Zone 6 positions for the KCC board are up for election on May 21, via mailed-in ballots. There are other issues on the ballot as well for some voters.
According to the Klamath County Clerk Rochelle Long, the last day to register as a new voter is April 30. One can register on-line at: oregonvotes.gov or come to the County Clerk’s office, 305 Main St. If you go to DMV, it takes 21 days for your voter registration to be complete, so if in doubt, please check with the clerk’s office or check your voter registration on-line at: oregonvotes.gov. You can update your registration anytime.
Not all races will be on all ballots. Each ballot is designed specifically for where you reside and the districts your residence address includes.
Ballots will be mailed May 1. Remember that postmarks do not count on ballots, and that voted ballots must be received in the Elections Office or in any official drop site by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
The official drop sites are listed on the website:
For the KCC board: Merrill/Malin Zone 4 incumbent Dave Jensen is facing an opponent for the first time in his 10 years on the board. Five first-time candidates are running for the at-large Zone 6 position, and one is running in Zone 2, which represents Moyina Heights and areas north of Highway 140 toward Bly.
Zone 2 unopposed: Kenneth DeCrans, current non-voting student board member and KCC student body president, is the sole Zone 2 candidate.
Zone 4: Incumbent Dave Jensen is challenged by Kassandra Harding.
Zone 6 At-large candidates are: Corey Murphy; Valerie Lenardson; Derek Kimbol; Helen Petersen; and Rhoda Keown. Zone 6 candidates represent the county as a whole, and are not beholden to address restrictions for voters as are the other board positions.