PORTLAND, OR – Today NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s Political Action Committee (PAC) proudly announced its endorsements for 15 School Board candidates throughout the state who have affirmed their commitment to advancing reproductive health equity for students in their school districts.

The announcement follows the release of a new tool, published by the Oregon Health Authority, which indicates that as of 2017, only 36 of the state’s nearly 200 school districts have adopted a Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) plan of instruction. Additionally, research conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s sister organization, the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Foundation, indicates that very few districts with school-based health centers prescribe and dispense contraceptives on-site to students.

Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon said, “We know that local elections have enormous impact on our communities. Pro-choice school board members have the unique opportunity to protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including access to contraceptives, and evidence-based sexuality education for Oregon’s students. We are proud to support these candidates who are committed to the health and wellbeing of all students in their district.”

Shauna Ballo, Chair of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC, added, “We could not be more optimistic about the work these candidates will do in support of evidence-based sexuality education and expanding access to reproductive healthcare services. We look forward to working with these candidates to support their candidacy and to offering practical support to them in their roles as School Board Members.”

 

The complete list of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC endorsed candidates is as follows:

Beaverton School Board:

Tom Colett, Position 7

 

David Douglas School Board:

Aaron Barrow, Position 5

Sahar Muranovic, Position 4

 

Hillsboro School Board:

Lisa Allen, Position 5

Yadira Martinez, Position 7

 

Lake Oswego School Board:

John Wallin, Position 1

 

Portland Public School Board:

Shanice Brittany Clarke, Position 2

Michelle DePass, Position 2

Eilidh Lowery, Position 7

Andrew Scott, Position 1

 

Reynolds School Board:

Ana Gonzalez Munoz, Position 6

 

Salem-Keizer School Board:

Raul Marquez Guerrero, Position 2

David Salinas, Position 4

 

West Linn-Wilsonville School Board:

Jordan Ferris, Position 4

Chelsea King Martin, Position 2

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NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC works to elect pro-choice candidates at every level of government. Through our cultivation of true champions, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon works to advance the most progressive pro-choice policies in the nation. We educate our members and identified supporters, provide strategic advice to candidates, mobilize get out the vote efforts, and ensure that pro-choice policies are a top priority in local and state government.

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