Sarah Thompson, who was first elected to the Portland School Board 15 years ago, announced Tuesday that she was ending her candidacy for re-election in November.
Thompson said the decision was difficult, but she was grateful for the time she has spent on the board since 2006. In a press release, Thompson did not cite a specific reason for withdrawing from the race. for a general seat, but said the city and local politics have changed dramatically.
“I have always focused on collaboration, education and improving school environments for everyone in Portland,” said Thompson. “When I joined the board, I felt a sense of community with the board members even during times of disagreement that I no longer feel. We were able to sit down and chat. Although there have been disagreements, it has always remained a respectful discourse – taking the best of each other and coming from a place of education and information.
Thompson’s decision leaves only one candidate in the race for a general seat on the school board, Nyalat Biliew. There are no other races contested for the school board. Board members Emily Figdor and Abusana “Micky” Bondo each run without contest for re-election in their district.
Thompson said she was excited to move forward standing up for teachers and students in other areas of her life. “I want to thank everyone who has assumed me over the years and I look forward to seeing what the board will do in the future,” she said. “I am sorry to disappoint those of you who have supported me during this re-election campaign. I know you will only hope for the best for me and understand that this is the best decision for me, my family and my mental health.
This story will be updated.
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