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Salem-Keizer School Board Race Takes Shape
Heyen won't seek re-election. Anti-transgender activist files to take her place.
Hey now, SKP doesn’t often get to dabble in a “breaking news,” but we happened to spot a few quiet, but significant, developments in the May 2023 Salem-Keizer School Board election.
Former School Board Director & current board member Marty Heyen has decided not to seek re-election.
According to anti-education group SK We Stand Together, Heyen, who has well-documented ties to anti-government and white nationalist groups, will “retire” from the school board.
According to campaign finance records filed with the State of Oregon, local anti-transgender activist Casity Troutt will seek Heyen’s seat. Troutt helps lead SK We Stand Together, and has close ties to Oregon Moms Union, an anti-union group dedicated to dismantling and defunding public schools.
Troutt also has an impressive list of embarrassing failures to her name, including:
Leading multiple anti-mask demonstrations during a public health crisis
Organizing an anti-transgender demonstration to protest district policies that allowed staff to create accommodations for transgender students.
Attempted to have the school district ban a book written by a black scholar because she found the diverse perspective upsetting. She failed.
Organized recalls against 3 progressive school board directors because she disagreed with decisions they made. All three failed.
During her recall campaign, she took an excerpt from a memoir out of context and framed it as pornography - which she then paraded around the community. It was honestly very, very weird.
So, y’know….weird choice for a school board candidate, but what do I know?
Two other seats on the Salem-Keizer School Board are on the ballot in May 2023.
And we wrote recently about the third seat - the first person to declare for Salem-Keizer School Board in 2023, Satya Chandragiri, here:
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