Updated 6/9/11 to include additional candidates.
Update: I have long advocated for anyone who runs to take a basic finance course at a community college so the candidate would at least know how to read a spreadsheet. This is a large, complex organization and it's easy to get lost and then depend solely on staff for information.
I note that UW's Extension course has a 9-month program, Certificate in School District Business Leadership, that looks very good for any potential School Board candidate. It's not cheap but you can take the courses separately. It covers a lot of ground that any candidate might need to get up to speed on in order to do the work.
Peter Maier www.petermaierforschoolboard.com
John Cummings - email@example.com
Sharon Peaslee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Carr - www.carr4kids.com
Jack Whelan - email@example.com
Kate Martin - www.katemartinforschoolboard.com
Terrence J. Menage - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark T. Weber - www.Weber4SeattleSchools.com
Harium Martin-Morris - www.harium.org
David Blomstrom - www.seattle-mafia.org
Michelle Buetow - www.buetowforschoolboard.com
John Dunn - www.johndunnforschoolboard.org
Steve Sundquist - www.sundquist4schools.com
Marty McLaren - www.marty4SSD.com
Charita Dumas - email@example.com
Joy Anderson - firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm sure Michelle Buetow will be filing soon to run against Harium.
I have only spoke with John Cummings. I hope to interview all the candidates for their experience and potential.
I have done this business before of trying to flip the majority of the School Board. Last time it worked and even though the 4 people who won did not run as a slate, the campaign evolved to put them together that way. I was thrilled when they won but it was short-term as they all had very different viewpoints and agendas that never got reconciled.
I am now not of the view "anyone but the incumbent." Someone has to know the district, understand the issues and be willing to act in their full capacity as an elected School Board member and not just act as a rubber-stamp. It is unlikely that I would vote for any of the incumbents but I might just registered myself as non-committed to other candidates.
Candidate filings are open until Friday, June 10th.