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Ballots for the May 16 special district election are scheduled to be in the mail April 27.

COOS COUNTY — Coos County voters will soon have another ballot in front of them when the May 16 special election rolls around.

Hot-topic ballot measures and a minimal amount of contested races are in store for area voters.

The “The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance” would prohibit the transportation of fossil fuels within the county as well as the development of any non-sustainable energy systems. Proponents say the ballot measure could halt the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline project.

Another ballot item includes a $66.5 million bond measure by the Coos Bay School District. Coos Bay property owners will be asked to approve a tax increase to raise money to demolish and construct new schools while also updating others for safety.

A third ballot measure, perhaps less rousing than the others, would allow district school board directors to be elected from anywhere in the district rather than by zone. The measure is an effort to eliminate a disproportionate amount of candidates per zone.

While there isn’t much contention on the ballot, much of it can be attributed to one person vying for several spots.

Schira Nelson is contending for a spot on the Southwestern Oregon Community College board, North Bend School District Board and Bay Area Health District Directors. Her opponents are Mark Gagnon, John Buckley and Michael Gordon respectively.

Other contested races include the Coos Bay School District Board, with former Coos Bay city councilor Fred Brick and Jill Vandehey competing for the spot and Bandon’s School District board position five contested between Francis Stadelman and Angela Cardas.

North bend school district’s other contested position has Tom Johnson, Samantha Pierson, Thomas Matosec competing for a spot.

Special Election ballots will be sent out April 27.

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