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Field Guide to the Oregon May 21 Election

Updated: May 20, 2019

Local elections are some of the most important elections because the decisions made by local leaders directly impact our lives. Oregon’s May 21 Election will decide who represents us on our school and education boards and fire and water districts These elections are nonpartisan, so it can be a little trickier to figure out which candidates best represent the future you want. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of links to endorsements from local media and some of our favorite social justice organizations.


1. Multnomah County Democrats, while not endorsing candidates, have information on local Democrats running for office on their election website. Clackamas County Democrats have recommendations here, and Washington County Democrats have recommendations here.


2. East County Rising is supporting a diverse, energetic group of candidates, who are running to bring more representation to their East County communities.


3. Willamette Week endorsements for PPS School Board and Portland Community College directors include video interviews with the candidates.


4. APANO is endorsing a diverse slate of candidates in races in Portland, Salem-Keizer, Tualatin, and Hillsboro.


5. Oregon Working Families Party has endorsed school board candidates in several races throughout the state.


6. In addition to its endorsements, The Oregonian has published lengthy interviews with PPS candidates, and you can read those here.


7. ColorPac is endorsing 24 candidates across 6 counties, who have pledged to uphold their racial justice tenets. You can find the list and a video introducing some of the candidates here.


8. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon has endorsed 15 school board candidates, who are committed to reproductive health equity for students.


9. NW Labor Press has compiled a statewide list of candidates who are endorsed by unions.



So, read up and make your choices! Ballots are due May 21, 2019 by 8 p.m. Don’t have stamps or are a last-minute voter? Take your ballot to your closest dropbox. Remember, our votes are our voices, so let’s keep using them to create the communities we want to live in.


Margaret Foley is the NWGSD Communications Director.

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