School Board Elections

Oregon School Board elections are coming up on May 18th. We're proud to be endorsing candidates for school board across Oregon. These candidates have demonstrated clear values of community-first, equitable approach to their roles and we're proud to stand by them. 

See our endorsed candidates

 We're proud to be endorsing candidates for school board across Oregon, but need extra support in Salem-Keizer. 

The election in Salem-Keizer is critical this year; we need a new school board - one that will support fair opportunity and good schools for all kids - especially during the pandemic. Almost half of the students in the district are Latinx, and Salem-Keizer has never had a Latinx school board member.  

Stand for Children is part of a great community-wide coalition that has endorsed four candidates that we know will represent our students, listen to parent needs and advocate for quality education for everyone. They are Osvaldo Avila in Zone 1, Ashley Carson Cottingham in Zone 3, Karina Guzmán Ortiz in Zone 5, and María Hinojos Pressey in Zone 7. 

School Boards set local education priorities that impact every student!  They have a huge impact on our children, yet few people take time to vote in May elections. In the Salem-Keizer school district, this has allowed a small, extremely out of touch group to win six of the seven of the seats on the Board. This group has repeatedly shut out the voices of our students of color, and won’t support the school district’s equity work. Salem-Keizer kids deserve better! With your support, Stand is committed to changing the Board and improving outcomes for Salem-Keizer students.

We are asking every supporter who cares about Salem-Keizer schools to help  in some way. Here are the best ways that you can help!

  • Phone calls - The most important way that you can support these school board candidates is to sign up to call voters with us. One-on-one conversations with voters are the best way to motivate them to vote. Since COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from knocking on doors, it is even more crucial that we make calls to connect with voters. We will train you and you can make calls all from the comfort of your own home. 

  • PostcardsIf you can’t make calls, you can send out 100 postcards. You volunteer on your own time and we will send you everything you need. This is about a two hour time commitment. 

  • Social MediaFollow our efforts on Facebook and share our posts with your friends and family. This only takes a minute!

  • Share with your network - Endorse each of the candidates: Osvaldo, Ashley, Karina and María!

  • Donate - Help us by donating to the candidates campaigns. We have made it simple; you can donate to all the candidates at once. 

  • VOTE! Lastly, make sure to vote in this upcoming special election on May 18th! Click here to find ballot drop boxes near you. 

Let’s work together to make a difference for Salem-Keizer children!

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