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In unofficial results, two Alsea School Board members get recalled by voters

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Alsea School Board Chair Ron Koetz (pictured) and Vice Chair Jeff Davis were targets of a recall election this week that appears to have been successful.

Two members of the Alsea School Board faced a recall election this week. According to unofficial results, it appears to be a success.

The recall targets Alsea School Board Chair Ron Koetz and Vice Chair Jeff Davis. Max Hildenbrand petitioned for the recall. In his statement, he says Koetz and Davis, “failed to represent the public interest” by approving a resolution in January that made masking indoors optional, despite the state mandate. It said the decision“placed the children, teachers, staff and community at risk of catching Covid-19.” Then-Superintendent Marc Thielman, who has since resigned to run for governor, had initiated the resolution. In the unofficial results, both recalls appear to be passing. But the Benton County Clerk says the votes won’t be certified until April 25th.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.