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Port of Brookings Harbor: Four vie for two positions

Two positions on the Port of Brookings Harbor port commission are up for contest in this May’s election. Position 2 will see incumbent Jim Relaford face off against Roger Thompson. Skip Watwood will challenge incumbent Roy Davis for Position 3. 

The volunteer commissioners oversee the port district, which extends from Pistol River to the California border and includes about 14,000 citizens. 

This year, the port worked with an income budget of about $3.8 million. Candidates have identified several key issues facing the port, including the possibility of annexation and sale of port property, economic development and increasing tourism.

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Brookings-Harbor School District: Newcomers challenge incumbents

Two newcomers are challenging two incumbents for their positions on the Brookings-Harbor School District.

Incumbent Bruce Raleigh and John Noland are vying for Position 1, and Mona Chandler is challenging incumbent Sue Gold for Position 3. 

The school board has spent the last year tackling a variety of problems, including finding a new superintendent, setting up a new Human Resources program, and implementing a variety of systems to help the district run more smoothly. 

This year, the board was working with a general fund of about $15 million. The candidates said they will endeavor to maintain forward momentum for the district, provide more opportunities for students, and increase the graduation rate.

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