Women win in Beaverton school race, now 'equity work' begins
Voters in Beaverton have elected Susan Greenberg, Karen Pérez-Da Silva, Sunita Garg and Ugonna Enyinnaya for the Beaverton School Board, based on early unofficial results from Tuesday's election.
Early results released at 8 p.m. May 18, show Greenberg leading with 66.02% of the vote for Zone 1. Her opponent, Schade, trailed with 33.72%.
When asked about the initial results and the future of the School Board on Tuesday night, Greenberg replied, "Bottom line is, I want our kids to feel safe in schools, and there's a lot of work to be done with equity work, which I mean Beaverton is working on, but there's a lot of work to be done."
In Zone 2, Pérez-Da Silva has 69.54% of the vote compared to 30.15% of the vote for Xu.
Pérez-Da Silva said she's excited to be in the lead and that the community came out to vote, when asked about Tuesday night's results.
With 66.34% of the vote, Garg leads in Zone 4 compared to Saralyn Dougall's 27.85%, respectively, unofficial voting results Tuesday showed.
"I was so relieved and happy that many people actually voted and they listened to what we were going for, so that made me happy," Garg said about the unofficial results. "It was nice that people were listening to what the candidates were talking about and what was important to their children."
The unofficial results also show Enyinnaya leading with 60.06% of the vote compared to Larsen's 39.26%.
When asked about the unofficial results, Enyinnaya said, "I'm a bit surprised. I ran against a very strong opponent."
Schade, Dougall and Xu ran on a single slate. As candidates, they knocked the Beaverton School District's approach to teaching about race — which Schade called "critical race theory" — questioned lessons on gender and sexuality, and slammed how the district handled at-home learning during the pandemic.
Greenberg and Larsen were the only two incumbents in the race. The Beaverton Education Association union endorsed Larsen's challenger, Enyinnaya, while also backing Greenberg, Pérez-Da Silva and Garg for the other board seats.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.