It will soon be time for endorsements for the fall elections. The endorsements come from the Democratic Party legislative districts, from the King County Democrats, from a variety of advocacy organizations, and from the newspapers.
The political organizations have endorsement meetings. At these meetings people in the organization get up and speak about the candidates - usually in support. It is not unusual, however, for someone to speak against the endorsement of a candidate. If you are an active member of the Democratic Party within a legislative district or at the county level, be ready to speak at the endorsement meeting in support of school board candidates or in opposition to them. I have seen how influential an impassioned talk from a member can influence the vote of the body.
The advocacy groups have their own means for rating or endorsing candidates, but if you are a member of one of those groups, see what you can do to influence that process.
You might wonder about how newspapers come up with their endorsements. They hold a group interview with all of the candidates. But when it comes to school board races the interviewers often don't know the issues very well. The best are Lynne Varner and Bruce Ramsey for the Times. The Stranger staff freely acknowledges that they don't know the first thing about school district issues. I'm going to ask them if they will accept a guest member (me) on the Election Death Squad for those sessions.
Believe it or not, folks, but this is the time to get active within those organizations about endorsement criteria and determination.