OK, so it's no presidential campaign, but the race for Portland School Board is heating up. Ballots will be due on May 17. There are five candidates for Derry Jackson's seat - and all five will be debating this week.
Who are they?
Steve Buel, a teacher whose campaign is focused on boosting middle schools in low-income Portland.
Juanita Johnson, who works with various community programs that support the families of inmates and at-risk youth.
Steve Kayes, a supervisor for Nabisco in Portland.
Charles McGee III, a freshman at Portland State who recently graduated from the Portland Public Schools.
Dan Ryan, who works as director for development for Portland State, and is campaigning on district-wide all-day kindergarten. Update: The Ryan campaign has asked that we add this: "Dan Ryan is campaigning on the importance of our neighborhood schools and building stability and trust in those schools."
The five-candidate debate will be held this week at the Bus Project's Third Thursday program. April 21, 7:30 p.m., Portland City Hall. Moderated by Jefferson Smith.
Meanwhile, feel free to use this space to pose questions to these five putative leaders of Portland's schools. And, if you're one of the five candidates, introduce yourself. Make your pitch.