GLIDE — Edith Muller-Saxton hopes the third time will be the charm and she will land on the Glide-Idleyld Sanitary District board of directors.
Two years ago, Muller-Saxton lost to Don Atchison by 17 votes for Position 3 on the board. Two years earlier, Robert Briggs beat her by two votes to win the Position 4 seat.
This time, Muller-Saxton, 71, is running against Donal Scott for Position 5 in the May 21 special district election. James Henry was elected to the Position 5 seat four years ago. He did not file for re-election.
“I am running to be elected to the board, because I want the best for Glide,” Muller-Saxton wrote in response to questions provided by The News-Review. “When the question of forming a sewer district was first raised, we had a town meeting here at our Community Club and I was very vocal in my opinion: We needed to have this plant managed by Glide, not given to a company in California.”
Scott, 69, a former U.S. Air Force pilot and maintenance squadron commander who later served as a regional airline pilot, is semi-retired. Scott, who earned a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University, works part time as an aviation instructor at Umpqua Community College and as a flight instructor at the Roseburg Regional Airport. He said his background and experience would be an asset for the sanitary district.
“I feel that it is right to serve your community any way you can,” Scott said. “During all my working career I have worked with different groups of people in order to complete the task and have done so successfully.”
Scott said if elected, he would work to keep rates low for district residents, keep the district moving forward in a positive manner and ensure the treatment system stays in good working order.
Muller-Saxton has similar priorities. She said she would try to keep sewer fees affordable, keep the sewer system in good working condition and ensure the district could accommodate growth with adequate hookups.
Muller-Saxton is a native of Germany who has lived in Glide since 1974. She worked as an assistant to John Green, president of the former Glide Lumber Products. Earlier, she served in the international banking department of Crocker Bank in San Francisco.
She currently serves on the board of the Glide Water Association and on the budget committee of the Glide Rural Fire Department. She is a member of the fire department’s ladies auxiliary and went door-to-door to speak with Glide voters to encourage residents to vote “yes” on the recent bond levy request to finance a new fire station. Muller-Saxton also serves senior lunches three times a week at the Glide Community Center and spends one day a week as a volunteer at the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg.
Scott serves on the board of the Glide Community Club and is a member of the bingo committee. He also serves as a member of the Memorial Day steering committee and picks up litter on Glide Loop Road and on a portion of Highway 138.
Scott and his wife, Helen, put on an annual free Christmas dinner at the Community Club.
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