I got some feedback from a couple of readers about my thread, Why TFA is Dangerous for our District, about not redacting the name of the candidate that Dr. Goodloe-Johnson and Wendy Kopp, head of TFA, were discussing.
I understand those readers reasoning but I also reason that if it was a personnel matter, SPS should have redacted it. I also believe, from reading the e-mails, that the person was actively involved in discussions and so likely knew his name was being discussed. We can agree to disagree on this point.
However, I will be writing to Ron English, General Counsel, on this issue of redaction. I feel I should let Mr. English know about them so that if there was an error, it can be corrected in any public disclosure documents going forward.
Also, over at The Stranger, they have called the Position 3 challenger win for Michelle Buetow. I have to agree. I have been tracking the results every day and the gap between Michelle and John Dunn (about 176 votes) has not budged. As I previously reported, at a 150 vote difference AND less than a quarter point difference, a recount would occur.
By the final day (August 31), it is possible that Michelle's vote count could remain the same and John's close the gap of 24 votes to get to that 150 vote trigger but I doubt it will happen at this point.
The other analysis I will make is that in the early days after August 16th, it seemed that the votes favored most incumbents (save Sherry Carr who continues to slowly drop). But all this week, any additional votes seem to favor the challengers. This is quite striking in Position 6 where Marty McLaren's total, as well as challenger Joy Anderson's, slowly rose.
In all races but Position 1, the combined totals of just the top two challengers would beat the incumbent. In Position 1, the combined totals of the top two challengers are abut 48% with Peter Maier at 51%. That would seem to be the closest race.
Please use this thread to comment on Director Smith-Blum's community meeting if you attend it this morning.