Three candidates vie for at-large seat on Portland school board

Three candidates are vying for an at-large seat on the Portland Board of Public Education, with two of the three saying the issue of police in schools was a motivating factor in why they’re running.

The election to be held Nov. 3 includes Nyalat Biliew, a Deering High School alum and recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine; Stacey Hang, a school nurse with two children in Portland schools; and Yusuf Yusuf, a mental health case manager who has worked with Portland students and their families.

The three are competing to replace Mark Balfantz, who is not seeking re-election after serving one term. Candidates in all three contested school board elections this cycle have cited the school resource officer issue that came before the board this past year as a reason they’re running.

Nyalat Biliew Submitted photo

Biliew, 25, is a first-generation immigrant who was born in Ethiopia

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Voters To Choose Hillsborough School Board Members

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — With four Hillsborough County School Board seats up for election, voters will choose among 18 candidates to make decisions regarding the education and safety of public school children.

The winners of all four school board seats will be decided during the Aug. 18 primary.

Patch emailed candidate questionnaires to all school board candidates. However, not all candidates responded. Here is the information provided by those who did respond.

District 1

Running for the District 1 seat are Nadia Combs, incumbent Steve Cona, Ben Greene and Bill Person.

Steve Cona

“I am honored to serve as vice chair of the Hillsborough County School Board. I was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board, representing District 1, in 2018. I am one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the seventh largest school district in the nation, which

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