BEND, OR -- Money is pouring into local campaigns for the May special election. Carrie Douglass and Troy Reinhart, both running for Bend-La Pine School Board Position 7, have raised significant funds. But, the third candidate for the seat is intentionally keeping a lower profile.
Rick Olegario tells KBND News, "I thought about self-funding up to a certain amount, but I just didn't want this to turn into any kind of 'arms race.' So, my thoughts on that is that the more money that's spent it's just hard to really focus on the important things, which is basically 'how this is all going to benefit the kids?'"
He is aware candidates are spending more on smaller races than in the past. "It's an order of magnitude higher - you know, from people that I've spoke with - than any election in the past; particularly for this position and for Zone 1. So, it may be a tidal change in how things are going to be working in Bend. I think it's a little unfortunate."
Olegario is a graduate of MIT and Stanford, and worked in the tech sector in California before moving to Bend a couple years ago. He has three children in Bend-La Pine schools, currently serves on the district's Budget Committee and Site Council, and received the endorsement of Nori Juba, the man who previously held the seat for which Olegario is running.