Three seats are up for election to the Portland Board of Education on Nov. 8: two at-large seats and the District 3 seat. Only the District 3 seat is contested on the ballot.
The Board members currently holding the two at-large seats – Benjamin Grant and Sarah Lentz – are seeking re-election. Grant and Lentz were both elected this past June to fill seats vacated by at-large Board members Roberto Rodriguez and Anna Trevorrow, who both stepped down from the Board last fall after being elected to the Portland City Council. When Grant and Lentz won those at-large seats in June, only six months remained in the terms for the two seats, so both are running again this November for new three-year terms.
Grant and Lentz were the only candidates to successfully return nomination papers for those two at-large seats as of the filing date of Aug. 29 and qualify, so they face no challengers on the ballot.
Board member Adam Burk, who is currently the Board’s new vice-chair, is running for a second three-year term as the District 3 representative to the Board. He will be challenged for that seat on the ballot by Julianne Opperman and Samuel Rosenthal, who along with Burk, successfully submitted nomination papers and qualified for the seat.
It’s possible that the field running for the Board this November may get a little larger. The deadline for individuals to declare themselves as write-in candidates is Sept. 9.
Board and City Council races in Portland are decided by ranked choice voting.