I'm like everyone else; I like to see who endorses whom. That said, I take it with a grain of salt. I've been to enough Dems endorsement to see that it really only takes a few people to push a room in a direction (without giving a real reason or without a lot of discussion).
Someone referenced the Progressive Voters Guide endorsements so I went to their website and checked them out. They are not the most helpful endorsements (almost a "take what you will" kind of endorsement). I'll have to call them because what is on the page is a little confusing.
For example, they have good things to say Peter Maier and Sharon Peaslee but give the endorsement to Peter. They list endorsements from other groups for each candidate. This is all they have to say about endorsing Peter:
We believe that Peter Maier is the best choice in this race.
Same for Sherry Carr and Kate Martin.
Then for Harium Martin-Morris, there's a lot more reasoning provided. Again, they talk about all three candidates in this particular race with good things to say about all. They end up not really endorsing anyone (but with the larger space on the page for Harium, you might assume he is being endorsed.) Here's what they say about him:
Martin-Morris is the only African American on the school board; in a district where 21% of the students are African American and 56% of the students are children of color, we believe this is an important consideration. He is well-respected and has the endorsements of many city leaders and education reform activists.
What is odd about this is that Harium wears this mantle of being the only African-American on the Board somewhat uneasily. His speech at the Board meeting where Dr. Goodloe-Johnson was fired is a prime example. He was absolutely uneasy about it and said so.
Don't get me wrong; I like seeing diversity on the Board. But I'm not voting for anyone based on race. It's great to bring that vision and experience to the Board but first and foremost, can you do the job?
I also note that they state he was endorsed by many people but they none of them are named. Curious.
They also don't directly endorse anyone in Position 6 but only name Steve Sundquist and Marty McLaren.