by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Portland Public Schools Board Member Trudy Sargent won't seek re-election to the seat she has held for two terms.For the first time in eight years, the Portland School Board Zone 6 position will not have an incumbent in the race.

Trudy Sargent, who’s served two terms on the board, told the Tribune last week that she isn’t filing for re-election in the May special election. She was out of town dealing with family issues.

Sargent’s term expires on June 30, along with two other board members’ terms: Pam Knowles, Zone 5; and Martin Gonzalez, Zone 4.

Both Gonzalez and Knowles said they do plan to file for re-election for their four-year seats.

Board members are unpaid volunteer positions elected by voters city-wide and represent the entire school district, but must reside in one of seven zones.

Sargent’s zone includes Franklin and Madison high schools in Southeast Portland. Sargent has served two terms.

Knowles’ zone includes Grant High School in Northeast Portland. She has served one term.

And Gonzalez’ zone includes Roosevelt High School in North Portland. He was appointed by the board in 2008 to fill the spot of Dan Ryan, who left to lead the Portland Schools Foundation. Gonzalez was elected to his first full board term in 2009.

The board member who’s served the longest is Bobbie Regan, whose zone includes Lincoln High School. Her third term is set to expire in 2015.

And the two newest board members are Greg Belisle (zone 6, parts of Southeast and Northeast Portland) and Matt Morton (zone 2, Jefferson, Cleveland and Benson), whose first terms expire in 2015.

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