Oakmont Elects Four Incumbents to 2-year Terms

Al Haggerty

In a vote of confidence, Oakmont residents elected all four incumbents to two-year terms on the governing board at the April 1 election. With three directors continuing their two-year terms, the board is unchanged.

The vote totals were: Al Medeiros, 1,171; Heidi Klyn, 1,165; Noel Lyons, 1,143, and Carolyn Bettencourt, 953.  Steve Huntley received 831 votes in his first bid for a board seat. A total of 1,446 ballots were cast.

At the new board’s organizational meeting Steve Spanier was re-elected president, and Tom Kendrick was re-elected vice president, both unanimously. Elected secretary without opposition was Heidi Klyn, who replaces Marianne Neufeld. Elke Strunka was re-elected treasurer 7-0.

Spanier thanked the incumbents for committing to another two years. “That’s not an easy decision, by the

The 2019 Oakmont board, from left, President Steve Spanier; Directors Marienne Neufeld, Noel Lyons, Heidi Klyn and Al Medeiros; Treasurer Elke Strunka; Vice President Tom Kendrick and Director Carolyn Bettencourt. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

way,” he added. “We have some big issues facing the community and no one could have been blamed for saying ‘You know, I think I’m just going to play pickleball for awhile.’”

Wally Schilpp, a 25-year resident of Oakmont who knows a thing or two about the community because he’s seen a thing or two, called the election result “the best board we’ve ever had.” A former director himself, he called it “a hell of a unifying board.”

Spanier called his election “humbling” and said he was “looking forward” to serving again. Klyn said “it’s an honor to be here,” adding: “It’s not about us. It’s all about you.”

Lyons said that contrary to frequent comments, “It’s not a thankless job. I feel a lot of support from the community.” Medeiros said the board “worked really well; better than I expected.”

Inspector of Elections Bill Erlanger handing over the final ballots received in the 2019 OVA election to Nancy Caldwell, head of the volunteer ballot counters at the Berger Center April 1. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

The board closed the meeting by agreeing to retain all OVA committees and board liaisons until the directors have a chance to give the issue some thought.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, April 16 at the Berger Center

(Watch video of the meeting at www.oakmontvillage.com/videos)