New LWVPDX 2019-20 Board

At our May 13 Local Convention of LWV of Portland members, we elected a new board president and other officers and directors of the Portland Board.

The new Board and other leaders for the League of Women Voters of Portland (L-R top row: Marion McNamara, Adrienne Aiona, Amber Nobe, Judy Froemke, Carol Cushman, Eileen Chase, Debbie Aiona; L-R bottom row: Peter Englander, Debbie Kaye, Linda Mantel, Margaret Noel, Maud Naroll, Nancy Donovan, Anne Davidson.  Missing Kim Mason, Phil Thor).
Our new president, Debbie Kaye, is holding the bouquet of yellow roses. You may read the profiles of all the 2019-20 League Leaders on our Meet the Board page here.

You also may see more about what happened at our 2019 Convention by clicking here.

Highlights Video on Working Women’s Rights

Click the arrow to view these Highlights from our March 2019 program on the rights of working women and the challenges they face achieving equity in employment and advancement in their work.

Four women from Oregon organizations discuss barriers and challenges for achieving equity for women in the workplace and what can done to help women thrive at work.

School Board Election Forum Video!

Click on the arrow on the picture below to watch the Election Forum for candidates for the PPS School Board. Note that after introductions by the three sponsoring organizations–the League of Women Voters of Portland, the Portland Council PTA, and the Bus Project–the main part of the forum begins at about 7:40.

Voters elect board members from all the zones. All candidates were invited to participate. One of the candidates running for Zone 7, Eilidh Lowery, was unable to attend the forum. She is included in our Voters’ Guide and on Vote411.org.

The candidates are divided into two panels.

Panel 1: Robert Schultz – Zone 7, Wes Soderback – Zone 3, Amy Kohnstamm – Zone 3, Deb Mayer – Zone 3. Listen to these candidates’ statements and answers from 8:47 to 57:40.

Panel 2: Andrew J. Scott – Zone 1, Michelle A. DePass – Zone 2, Shanice Brittany Clarke – Zone 2. Listen to these candidates’ statements and answers from 59:58 to 1:38:07.

Ballots must be received by the Mulnomah County Elections Office no later than 8 PM on Tuesday, May 21. You may also learn about the candidates running in this election and for other Multnomah County school boards by going to Vote411.org and by reading the LWV of Portland Voters’ Guide, available online or in print at your public library or the Multnomah County Elections office.

School Board Candidate Information for the 5/21/19 election

Learn About Candidates for the Portland Public Schools Board!

Click on the arrow on the picture of the video recording in the post above this one to view the April 11 forum.

The recording of the forum features the candidates who are running for the PPS School Board in the May 21, 2019 Special District Election. You can listen as the candidates answer probing questions, so you can decide which candidates should help shape public school policies in the next four years. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund, Portland Council PTA, and The Bus Project.

Here are two photos from the forum:

Moderator and First panel of PPS School Board Candidates: L-R Moderator Linda Mather, Robert Schultz , Wes Soderback, Amy Kohnstamm, Deb Mayer
2nd panel of PPS school board candidates: L-R Andrew Scott, Michelle DePass, Shanice Clarke

VOTE411.org is the nonpartisan LWV website with information on the candidates that will be on your ballot for this May 21, 2019 Special District Election. (It includes board candidates for all school districts in Multnomah County, community colleges, and the Multnomah Education Services District).


Special Election Voters’ Guide

The Voters’ Guide is available in print now. You can also read a copy online by clicking School Board Election Voters’ Guide. It includes answers to questions by candidates for this May 21, 2019 Special District election, including board candidates for all school districts in Multnomah County, community colleges, and the Multnomah Education Services District. Printed copies are available at Multnomah County Library branches, and the Multnomah County Elections office.


We thank the funders for these voter service activities: the Wyss Foundation, the Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, the Sara Frewing Fund, the Multnomah Bar Foundation, and the League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund.

How to Contact Elected Officials

You can download a copy of the League of Women Voters of Portland 2019-2021 Directory of Elected Official by clicking here.

Let your elected officials know about your opinions on how to use our tax dollars and which services our country, state and region need. Here is the League’s guide to how to reach all your elected government officials – from President Trump to your Soil and Water Conservation District!