Two Black candidates won more than 70 percent of the vote to be elected to the Portland School Board Tuesday, joining incumbent Michelle Depass to give the seven-member panel three Black representatives for the first time in its history.
Herman Greene, the pastor at Abundant Life PDX Church, won a four way race for Zone 4 representing north Portland, capturing 73 percent of the vote; Gary Hollands, a small business owner and executive director of the nonprofit Albina Sports Program, captured 83 percent of the vote for Zone 5, representing northeast Portland.
Jaime Cale, a Black secretary at Rose Parks Elementary, fell short in her write-in campaign against Greene. While also gaining several endorsements from activists in the Black community, write in-votes reached just 4 percent of the total. Julia Brim-Edwards, the only incumbent, and a non-minority board member who led the search that resulted in the hiring of Guadalupe Guerrero as school superintendent, was re-elected with 80 percent of the vote