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COURTESY PHOTO - Stephen Marc Beaudoin waits for returns with campaign manager Aaron Smith and political consultant Jerome Brooks at his North Portland election party.


Stephen Marc Beaudoin has unseated incumbent Doug Montgomery for the Multnomah Education Service District board, 54.7 percent to 34.7 percent.

"This was a race about moving away from the drama and trauma of the past year,” said Beaudoin, the executive director of PHAME, a performing arts nonprofit for people with disabilities. "I think the results very clearly mean the agency is ready to move forward in a new direction.”

Siobhan Burke, who joined in Beaudoin’s election party at the Artslandia magazine space on North Interstate Avenue, also won her seat by a solid margin. She was at 74.5 percent with 75,523 ballots counted.

Burke is a paraeducator working with children with special needs at the Pioneer School. She is also active in PAT Solidarity, a group supportive of the teachers union and highly critical of the Portland Public Schools administration. She ran against consultant and fiscal conservative Kay Bridges, who had 24.9 percent of the vote in unofficial results.

Beaudoin beat out Montgomery for the At-Large district seat, as well as Wolf PAC Oregon Director Colby Clipston, who garnered 9.58 percent.

Beaudoin raised $20,648 during his campaign and spent $19,666. Burke says she raised $2,599 but is under different reporting requirements for those who plan to raise less than $3,500. None of the other four candidates raised more than $750, the lowest trigger for filing with the Oregon Secretary of State.

The county-wide umbrella district handles the special education, alternative education, school nursing and other needs of its eight constituent school districts. It has faced a number of problems over the years, including recent controversies over the ousters of 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year Brett Bigham and Superintendent Barbara Jorgensen.

MESD tends to see low voter turnout and few contested races.

Michael Durrow was unopposed for his Position 5 seat and won 96.4 percent of the vote.


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