Portland Public Schools: Board vacancies for May 2015 election

Four Portland Public School board seat are up for election in the May 2015 election.

Two current members have announced that they will not be seeking re-election, making it a bit easier for some Republicans to shake up PPS.

Zone 1 is in Southwest Portland, covering the Wilson High School cluster. Ruth Adkins has announced that she is not running for re-election. Adkins takes credit for hiring Carole Smith, the superintendent who will be best known for her attempts to destroy Portland's neighborhood schools. More recently, Adkins was responsible for overseeing the street fee work group that pushed the hardest for an ultra-progressive income tax to fund the city council's pet projects.

Zone 2 is in North Portland and includes Jefferson and Benson High Schools. Current board member, Matt Morton indicated that he will not seek another term. Morton is more famous for conflict of interest allegations, rather than any notable achievements while on the board. While on the PPS board, Morton has served as executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center, which has contracts with PPS.

Now that Adkins and Morton are out and Zone 3 and Zone 7 are on the ballot, Republicans can make a difference at PPS.

Candidates for the May 19 election must file by March 19, 2015. 

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