Greene, Hollands, Brim-Edwards, Bussell win board seats
Herman Greene, Julia Brim-Edwards and Gary Hollands won with landslide leads for the Portland Public Schools Board of Education.
In Zone 4, Greene led with 73%. Hollands had 84% in Zone 5 and Brim-Edwards pulled in 81% by the time votes were tallied Wednesday morning.
Greene and Hollands will be newcomers to the PPS board. Brim-Edwards is the only incumbent who ran for re-election to her seat.
"I want to thank Portland voters and the community for their vote of confidence in returning me to the School Board, and for also electing Gary Hollands and Herman Greene, two leaders who will bring needed perspective, experience and deep community relationships to our work," Brim-Edwards said in a statement released by a campaign representative. "We have huge challenges ahead, including safely re-opening schools this fall and continuing our relentless pursuit of more equitable outcomes for all our students. I am excited for the chance to collaborate on this important work with Herman and Gary, my current Board colleagues, Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, and the broader school community."
The Multnomah County Elections office recorded 24% voter turnout.
In what was otherwise a fairly overlooked election with low voter turnout, the results are significant. The election of Greene and Hollands means the Portland School Board will now have three Black members as the district tries to address longstanding inequities and outcomes for its students of color.
Greene said Tuesday night that while having better representation on the school board for all students is important, the work ahead is what's most critical.
"Simply having us on the board is not enough," Greene said. "The campaign work is now done but now the real work begins. It's time to put the rubber to the road and begin the process of doing the things we talked about on the campaign. What our kids need, is they need us to actually do the things we talk about doing so they don't just become campaign slogans."
Leading up to election night, the race for the Zone 4 seat was remarkable.
At one point, seven candidates had filed for the North Portland zone, but three withdrew their candidacy shortly before the deadline. Three candidates — Greene, Brooklyn Sherman and Margo Logan — appeared on the ballot. Jaime Cale, a current PPS employee, also ran a write-in campaign for the seat.
Hollands faced challenger Daniel Rodgers, a physician who recently moved to Portland from Pennsylvania.
Brim-Edwards ran against Libby Glynn and Max Margolis, both PPS parents with concerns about aging buildings and outcomes for students in Oregon's largest school district.
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In the Portland Community College race, Serin Bussell pulled in 73% of the vote, unseating longtime board member Jim Harper. Dan Saltzman ran unopposed and will retain the seat he was appointed to in 2019.
In the Multnomah Education Service District, Helen Ying will retain her seat after nabbing 85% of the vote. Mary Botkin, Jessica Arzate and Susie Jones also won board seats.
Portland's Parkrose School District had just two candidates—Sonja McKenzie and Elizabeth Durant—both who ran unopposed.
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