Press release

Pastor Eilidh Lowery Announces Election Bid for Portland Public School Board 

The Sellwood resident seeks to follow Mike Rosen in Zone 7

On Friday February 22nd, Pastor Eilidh Lowery filed for the Portland Public School Board of Education, Zone 7. This is her first run for local public office. The seat is currently held by Mike Rosen and represents Southeast Portland from Milwaukie Avenue east and from Holgate Avenue south, with some fun little deviations to the north and west. While Zone 7 encompasses a specific area, the work of each board member is to set policy, supervise the superintendent, and pass budgets that have the best in mind for all students of our city.

Lowery has filed for this seat because she believes that PPS works for some students, but not all.  Says Lowery:“To get us to a place of success for all students I plan to help disrupt systems of inequality, advocate for equitable access to arts education for all students, and work with state officials to increase funding for schools.”

Lowery has served United Methodist Churches as full time pastoral staff since 2004. She currently is the senior pastor of the Southeast Portland Parish.

Her prior work experience was in supporting literacy through the Washington Reading Corps AmeriCorps Program.  She served as AmeriCorps Director for OIC of Yakima from  2001-2004 and was an AmeriCorps VISTA at Union Gap School in Union Gap Washington from 2000-2001.

Lowery has been an active community volunteer serving with her local neighborhood association, volunteering in classrooms, serving on parent boards at the local school level and participating with the Portland Public Schools Principal Interview Team for Spring 2017. She also was member of the Citizen’s Budget Review Committee from fall July 1, 2014- June 30, 2016.  One of her most rewarding experiences was with the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon in 2015 & 2016.  Lowery is currently a touring docent at the Portland Art Museum and a member of the Portland Friends of Music steering committee.

Eilidh’s name is pronounced as Ay-lee, but no matter how you say her name she will be great for Portland students.

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