We are excited to announce our 2017 candidates for the May election. These progressive candidates of color are committed to advancing equity in education, criminal justice, economic prosperity, human services and the many other ways local and state government shape opportunity for all Oregonians.
Jessica Arzate has a proven ability to bring diverse stakeholders together to serve students through shared goals, collaboration, and action. Jessica brings experience as the Early Learning Manager for Multnomah County and has worked in a variety of roles in her decade career in education as a teacher, English as a Second Language instructor, and school front office staff.. Visit Jessica's website.
Ana is a mother of two, a former teacher, and current policy director for Multnomah County. Over the past decade, Ana has been a voice to ensure every child has a fair shot at receiving the great education they deserve. Visit Ana's website.
Erika represents two generations of HSD students: herself and her two kids. With deep roots in her community she currently serves on the districts budget committee. Whether it be her work as a public servant or many volunteer roles, she's driven to empower all community members to succeed. Visit Erika's website.
Anthony's community roots go back to the 1960's when his family moved to the Woodburn area and worked in labor camps right outside of town. His passion for education was born through his experience as a local tutor and after earning his masters in education at Stanford. Anthony moved back to ensure that all children have a safe and conducive learning environment. Visit Anthony's website.
Felicita has called Washington County home since she was five. She's committed to giving back to the place that raised her, whether THAT BE BY connecting leaders through her work at Vision Action Network, her service on the Hillsboro Library Board or hosting house parties for fellow Latinos/as/x. She believes strongly that the Parks and Rec District is for everyone! Visit Felicita's website.
Jamila's a former student of PPS, a former teacher, a former principal, and current leader of a teacher preparation institute. Her commitment to strong public schools nationally led her to stand up and take action to improve the schools in her own backyard. Visit Jamila's website.
Andrea is the first person of color to serve on the David Douglas School Board, but the roots of her community-based activism and policy work started in the labor and student rights movements. And her East Portland connections aren't new" she served as City Hall’s first Policy and Outreach Advisor dedicated to East Portland and coalition engagement.
As a first generation college student, and having worked for a decade preparing students in our classrooms to graduate in our public schools, Kathy will bring the voice of young people and diverse families that are currently missing from our current school board. Visit Kathy's website.
Helen's 30-year career in education in Oregon has been about empowering students and her community. She's been a math teacher, high school counselor and vice principal across three school districts in Multnomah and Clackamas county. She wants to bring her deep understanding, experience, and knowledge of our schools to MESD so that the organization works for all students, including students of color and students with special needs. Visit Helen's website.
HOW DO I VOTE FOR COLOR PAC CANDIDATES?
- Make sure you're registered to vote at your current address by April 25, 2017. Register to vote here.
- For all candidates, you have to live in their district, zone or city. Not sure? Don't worry, they'll be on your ballot if you get to vote for them!
HOW CAN I HELP COLOR PAC CANDIDATES?
- Volunteer for our candidates. Color PAC candidates are committed to a campaigns won through engaging their communities. That takes the work of volunteers like you! Click on a candidates photo and head to their website to volunteer.
- Donate to Color PAC. We're committed to supporting all our candidates, while focusing where our resources can do the most to help them. Donate here.
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