Elizabeth Scheeler will run Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley's Pendleton office as his field representative.

Scheeler recently resigned from the Pendleton School District's board of directors. At the time, she said she wasn't free to reveal her reasons, but intimated at an opportunity that came up after she filed for the position. Scheeler won her third term on the board with 98 percent of the vote in an uncontested race, but formally resigned the night before.

Merkley's Pendleton office is open for business and will serve Baker, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa Counties. Merkley's Pendleton office is located at 310 S.E. Second St., suite 105.

"Eastern Oregon faces a tough economy with record levels of unemployment. It's important that I'm able to connect with Oregonians in every Eastern Oregon community about their economic needs and our recovery goals," Merkley said. "I'm pleased to have someone with Elizabeth's extensive experience and community connections as my representative as we chart a path to economic recovery."

Scheeler has lived in Pendleton since 1988. She most recently worked as the education coordinator for the Pendleton Center for the Arts and served on the Pendleton School Board for the last 8 years. She received a bachelor of science in resource recreation management from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and has worked for the United States Forest Service in both Ukiah and Pendleton.

Scheeler has been an active community volunteer and served in a variety of positions for the Pendleton Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Scheeler held Position No. 4 on the board. The board will appoint an applicant, who would then serve until June 30, 2011.

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