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Pro-Life School Board Candidates Step Forward to Advocate

(NOTE: Find all of our endorsed candidates for school board by clicking here!)

A few years ago, Oregon Right to Life discovered that Planned Parenthood staff were teaching in some classes in the Salem-Keizer School District. Then in 2017, a Planned Parenthood board member ran for a position on the school district board. Clearly, the abortion industry is targeting local schools, and not just in Salem-Keizer. Knowing this, ORTL PAC supported candidates for school board positions across the state in 2017, including two who became new members of the Salem-Keizer School Board.

These victories are important, but the work is not done as long as the abortion industry is seeking to gain positions of influence over their target market — Oregon’s children.

The good news is that many excellent candidates are stepping forward this year across the state. They want to serve and protect kids, not ensure that Planned Parenthood’s interests are met.

These are ORTL PAC’s endorsed candidates for the Salem-Keizer School Board:

Marty Heyen (Zone 2) was first elected in 2015 and has been faithfully serving the second largest school district in the state. Marty is a mother of two with an extensive background in information technology in both the public and private sectors.

Satya Chandragiri (Zone 4) is running for an open position on the board with a passion to serve the public in elected office. He brings to the table a unique perspective after many years of experience as a psychiatrist, with a particular focus on preventing suicide. Dr. Satya is the father of two children who graduated from local schools.

Danielle Bethell (Zone 6) is the executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and an active member of her community, including working with vulnerable students. She has three children in local schools and graduated from the district herself. Danielle is running against a long-time incumbent because she believes her community needs a new leader with a fresh perspective.

To see our endorsed candidates in other school districts please click here!  Vote by May 21!


  1. Barbara Zipprich on May 3, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for this. Have you updated this for Centennial School district in east Multnomah County?

  2. Lois Emmel on May 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Where are the Clackamus Co. recomendations?

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