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Alexander Diaz Rios was elected in 2019 from western Washington County; he has moved east to Zone 4.

COURTESY CITY OF HILLSBORO - Alexander Diaz Rios will continue to serve on the Portland Community College board although he has moved from Zone 7 in western Washington County to Zone 4, which covers Rock Creek, Scappoose and Northwest Portland.Alexander Diaz Rios, elected last year as the youngest-ever member of the Portland Community College board, has moved from Zone 7 to Zone 4.

However, under Oregon law, Diaz Rios will continue to sit on the PCC board through June 30, 2021. A successor will be elected in May 2021, when special-district seats are normally filled.

Zone 7 covers much of western Washington County. Zone 4 covers only a sliver of Washington County — including PCC's Rock Creek campus — plus parts of Columbia and Multnomah counties. The Columbia County portion includes Scappoose, and the Multnomah County portion includes Portland west of the Willamette River.

"My decision to move to a new zone stems from wanting to reduce my 15-hour total weekly commute, so this is the best decision for me," Diaz Rios said in a statement to community members and released by PCC on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

"Zone 7 has a special place in my heart as I have been a part of this community for the past 25 years. Please be assured that I plan to advocate for the success of the entire district to ensure that everyone is fairly represented."

State law enables board members elected from a zone, but who move to another zone, to continue serving until the next regular district election.

Diaz Rios was a Portland Community College student who went on to earn a bachelor's degree in social science from Portland State University and a master's degree in teaching from Pacific University.

He is a public member of the Hillsboro City Budget Committee and has been a public member of the Hillsboro School District Budget Committee.

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