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Anne Schuster
A Corvallis School Board member announced Tuesday she would file as a candidate for a seat on the Benton County Commission.
Anne Schuster told the Gazette-Times Tuesday that she intends to file for the Democratic nomination for Position 1 in May’s election.
Linda Mo-drell, who has held the Position 1 spot on the commission since 1998, announced last week that she would not seek re-election. Her current term ends in January of 2015.
Schuster said she has been thinking about running for years but respects the current commission members and wanted to wait until a commissioner was stepping down.
“I really love this county, and I feel compelled to serve,” she said.
Schuster has been on the Corvallis School Board since 2006, was its chair for four years and has been working to start a youth mental health coalition.
She said if elected her top priorities would be sustainable agriculture, economic development and mental health.
According to her school board biography, Schuster has a doctorate in plant molecular biology from the University of Nebraska.
Schuster said she would not run for re-election to the school board if she won a place on the commission but is not sure whether she would need to resign for the last six months of her current term on the board, which ends in June of 2015.
She said the current school board is really good, and she doesn’t feel like she has unfinished business on the board.
“The timing is really good for this,” she said.
Schuster said since she made her decision to run a week ago she’s had a lot of positive feedback.
“It’s made me even more certain of wanting to do this,” she said.
Quintin Kreth, a 20-year-old from Alpine, and Patrick Malone, a tree farmer and former Hos-kins-Kings Valley Rural Fire Protection District chief from Kings Valley, have also filed for the Democratic nomination for the position.

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Anthony Rimel covers K-12 education. He can be reached at 541-758-9526 or anthony.rimel@lee.net.

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