Three seats on the Port of Astoria Board of Commissioners are up for election this spring.

Candidates can file Monday for the offices of Port Commission President Don McDaniel, Commissioner Jim Bergeron and interim Commissioner Bernie Bjork, who filled former commissioner Glenn Taggart's seat after he resigned last fall.

The filing period for the port and all offices on local school boards and other special district boards begins Monday. The last day for candidates to file is March 15.

Special districts include taxing districts providing fire, water, sewer and education services. A complete list of available offices and terms is available from the Clatsop County Clerk's Office or online at www.co.clatsop.or.us.

Candidates can place their names on the May 15 ballot by paying the $10 fee or obtaining the required number of signatures from registered voters in the district. Candidates must receive approval from the clerk's office before gathering signatures. Signatures must be verified by the county clerk's office before the candidate can complete filing.

New this year, candidates and most committees, except chief petitioner committees for local initiative, referendum and recall petitions, report their campaign finance information to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, instead of the county clerk.

All committees, other than chief petitioner committees, are required to file their campaign finance information electronically. The system enables users to enter campaign finance transactions directly or upload transactions through a Web interface.

More information is available from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office elections division at (503) 986-1518 or online at (www.sos.state.or.us/elections).

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