I'm not surprised that Martin-Morris and Carr are stepping down at the end of eight years.
This does change things considerably and frankly, probably makes it easier for anyone who wants to run. The incumbents were not a sure thing (and I believe Director McLaren has an uphill battle ahead of her).
If you know of anyone thinking of running from District 1, Sharon Peaslee's seat, (like from the Nathan Hale community where parents are fairly active), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know people who would be glad to just walk someone thru the election process and Board work process so any potential candidate could gauge what that would be like.
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Starting to see some action now on School Board races. To recap/update (final filing isn't until early May but these are candidates registered at the PDC):
Update: So the Times had the announcement that Martin-Morris wasn't running again in the afternoon edition and yet only had McGuire as a candidate for that district when Geary has been running for weeks.
As well, they didn't seem to know that Peaslee and McLaren are running again nor that McLaren has an opponent.
Makes you wonder who the Times might be supporting.
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District 1 - seat currently held by Sharon Peaslee
Peaslee is running to retain her seat; does not appear to have a campaign website yet and her Sharon Peaslee website's last entry is from 2013.
There is currently no one running against her (not good).
District II - seat currently held by Sherry Carr
Rick Burke announced last week. Rick is a long-time SPS parent and math advocate. His campaign website.
District III - seat currently held by Harium Martin-Morris
Martin-Morris has just announced if he will NOT run.
Two candidates have announced in this race:
Jill Geary - a lawyer and active PTA parent; knows a lot about Sped (she has a twice-exceptional student) and seems to be raising money easily. She and her husband gave LEV a contribution recently. Her campaign website is here. Her Facebook page says she is raising money at a good clip.
Lauren McGuire - just announced and was former SCPTSA president and SPS parent. Not quite ed reform but nearly. Website. Close to Michael DeBell.
This is my district; I have to say it is tempting to consider running.
District VI - seat currently held by Marty McLaren
McLaren has announced she is running to retain her seat.
Leslie Harris - paralegal and long-time public ed activist and parent of a Sealth senior. One of the usual suspects at most Board meetings. Her website includes many endorsements including high level ones. (Public disclosure: I am friends with Leslie and support her campaign.)