Three more candidates line up for School Board seats


Apparently, they were all waiting for a little luck o' the Irish.

A bevy of candidates waited until Thursday, the filing deadline, to enter the race for the Portland School Board's May 17 election.

In addition to the recent challengers the Tribune has reported (See Related Story: Challengers step up in school board race), three others have filed. Voters will now have a choice between candidates in three of the four seats up for reelection.

The latest candidates are:

Maggie Brister-Mashia and John Sweeney, running against Matt Morton in the Zone 2 seat; and Martha Perez, challenging incumbent Bobbie Regan in Zone 3.

Brister-Mashia, a Jefferson High School alumnus who lives in North Portland, has helped organize fundraisers and activities at the school in recent years including last year's Rose City Music Festival, to raise money for band equipment. She's also a University of Oregon graduate and works as a contractor for the Urban League of Portland and Mobile Minds Tutoring.

Sweeney, of Southeast Portland, works as a cable television co-host and is a land management consultant, with experience as a parks supervisor and captain in the Oregon Army National Guard.

Perez, who has run for school board before, lives in Northwest Portland and works in customer service at H and R Block. She says she has more than a decade of experience working on programs in health care, energy efficiency, tax revenue, business and related fields.

In all, incumbent Ruth Adkins in Zone 1 has two challengers: Glen Livingston and Larry Lawson.

Morton, Brister-Mashia and Sweeney - all newcomers - will face off for the Zone 2 seat.

Regan will face one challenger in Zone 3, Perez.

Greg Belisle, in Zone 7, has no opposition.