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The Philomath School Board will swear in two new members in June with incumbents Rick Wells and Shelly Brown choosing to not run again to retain their seats.

Based on filings with the Benton County Elections Office, five individuals will be seeking to fill those two spots to give Philomath voters a choice in the May 21 special election.

Anton Grube and Joe Marcotte are running for the Position 2 seat currently held by Brown while Troy Muir, Karen Skinkis and Dolly Victorine are vying for the Position 5 seat that Wells has occupied for several years.

Grube is the associate director for facilities maintenance at Oregon State University and has a background with the school district that includes Outdoor School director and former boys soccer coach. He is a Philomath High graduate and earned a degree from the University of Oregon. Past governmental experience includes the Philomath Fire & Rescue board’s budget committee and on an Outdoor School advisory committee.

Marcotte owns and is the head distiller at Marcotte Distilling Co., and has a civil engineering background. He graduated from Philomath High and earned degrees from Linn-Benton Community College and OSU. Marcotte also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Muir is the owner and manager of Marys Peak True Value and Muir Development Inc. His background with the school district includes former positions as a coach for high school football and middle school basketball. He graduated from Philomath High and earned a degree from OSU.

Skinkis is the practice manager at Upper Hand Orthopaedics and has a background that includes employment with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Boss Enterprises. She graduated from Mapleton High and earned a degree from OSU.

Victorine is a career and technical education/culinary arts teacher at West Albany High and she has a teaching background that dates back to 2002 when she was a student teacher at PHS. She graduated from Redmond High and earned a degree from OSU. Past governmental experience includes the West Albany High site council and as a middle school leadership adviser.

The filing deadline for candidates arrived this past Thursday. The Benton County Elections Office expects to mail out ballots about May 1.

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