Ballots are heading your way in an election that is generating unusual heat.

The races for the Salem-Keizer School Board seats pits two slates of candidates against each other.

To help you navigate the politics of Salem education and give you some insight into who wants to oversee the Salem-Keizer School District, we’ve gathered here in one place our reporting on the races.

Election Day is May 18, and ballots need to be returned to a dropbox or arrive in the mail by 8 p.m. that date. Voters who live in the district can vote in all four races.

Salem-Keizer sees 11 candidates for four school board seats in heavily polarized races

Intense debates over school reopening, police in schools and racial equity have put more focus on the Salem-Keizer School Board over the past year. In the May 18 election, two slates of candidates backed by local political action committees have organized along partisan lines, while three independent candidates also seek seats.

Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 1 (west Salem)

Hear from school board candidates Osvaldo Avila, Richard Riggs, Ross Swartzendruber and Kari Zohner about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.

Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 3 (south Salem)

Hear from school board candidates Ashley Carton Cottingham and Linda Farrington about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.

Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 5 (southeast Salem)

Hear from school board candidates Karina Guzmán Ortiz, Jesse Lippold Peone and Mike Slagle about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.

Salem-Keizer School Board candidate Q&A - Zone 7 (north Salem)

Hear from school board candidates Liam Collins and María Cecilia Hinojos Pressey about their priorities for the Salem-Keizer district. Voters across the district get a say in all four races on May 18.

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