Announcing our early school board endorsements!

The Oregon Working Families Party is excited to announce our early endorsements in they May 2019 Special Election!

Across Oregon, Working Families Party candidates represent a new class of leaders emerging onto our political landscape. They come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, and are united in their dedication to fighting for Oregon’s working families. 

“The Oregon Working Families Party hits the nail on the head when it comes to how it sees education, healthcare, and governance. OWFP understands that we cannot rely on giant corporations or businesses to have our best interests at heart, and for this reason, I am honored to be an OWFP candidate.”
– Sahar Yarjani Muranovic, candidate for David Douglas School Board

Here’s a look at just some of the candidates who have earned our early endorsement. You can view our policy principles and the most up-to-date list of our 2019 endorsed candidates here.

David Salinas

David Salinas is a union electrician and father of four students who are currently enrolled in Salem-Keizer Schools. He recently served on the Salem-Keizer School District Boundary Task Force. He’s committed to supporting career and technical education, advancing equity throughout the district, and bolsteringmentorship programs so that no student is left behind.



Raul Marquez Guerrero

Raul Marquez Guerrero is a recent graduate of McKay High School running to bring a fresh perspective to the Salem-Keizer School Board. As a Latino who has navigated through the most diverse and working class Salem-Keizer Schools, he knows what it’s like to attend overcrowded and under-resourced schools and is committed to making significant improvements.



Martina Shabram

Martina Shabram has taught in over half of the 4J school district’s schools as a community health educator for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. She also is the coordinator for REV, Planned Parenthood’s Youth Leadership program. On the 4J School Board, she wants to increase access to mental healthcare, advance equity by increasing access to resources and trade programs, and lower class sizes.


Gordon Lafer

Gordon Lafer works at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education Research Center and has a daughter in the 4J School District. He’s running for the 4J School Board to advocate for fully funding education by having corporations and the wealthiest individuals pay their fair share. He also supports lowering class sizes, and ensuring that staff, students, and parents play a role in policymaking processes. 



Sahar Yarjani Muranovic

Sahar Yarjani Muranovic is a local activist running for the David Douglas School Board. She formerly worked at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization as their volunteer and training coordinator, where she interacted with the many immigrant families in the district. A recent citizen, Sahar is committed to bringing restorative justice, an inclusive curriculum, and community-led involvement to the David Douglas School Board.

Not only did these candidates earn our stamp of approval, we’re all in to support their campaigns with people power — that’s where you come in. Can we count on you to support these Working Families Champions running for local office across the state? Join the OWFP #SpecialElectionSquad today!

Stay tuned – we’ll be announcing even more endorsed candidates for School Boards and other local elections in the coming weeks! If you are a candidate running in Oregon’s May 2019 election that would like to participate in our endorsements process, please email now!

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