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In discussions with friends and neighbors, I find two kinds of voters. The "I got my ballot, filled it out and mailed it already" and the "I'm waiting until the last minute" voter. I'm somewhere in-between.
I'm going to give you my picks for School Board but also throw out some picks for City Council as I think the make-up of the City Council could have a large affect on Seattle Schools (given the aggressive nature of Mayor Murray on this issue).
Note: in the primary you only vote for a School Board candidate if your district is up for election this year. However, after the primary, in the General election, you WILL be voting for four candidates.
Seattle School Board
District 1: I am truly disappointed in this race but both candidates, Michael Christophersen and Scott Pinkham, are moving onto the General election as they are the only two candidates. Neither has a webpage or Facebook page and I certainly hope we get to know more about them because one will be elected. (That is, unless there is a write-in candidate to be found. Stranger things have happened.)
District 3: Jill Geary. Both Lauren McGuire and Geary are bright, capable women. But I believe Jill Geary has the outlook and critical thinking skill set that this district needs right now. The Times endorsed McGuire and The Stranger endorsed Geary. (I want to note that somehow Geary's endorsements did not make it into the primary literature so I want to note that she is endorsed by:
- Washington State Democrats Progressive Caucus
- Martin Luther King County Labor Council
- King County Democrats
- King County Young Democrats
- 46th District Democrats
- Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle
- IUOE Local 609
- Seattle School Board Director Sue Peters
- State Representative Jessyn Ferrell
- King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
- Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien
- Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
- Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (fmr)
- Shoreline City Councilmember Janet Way (fmr)
District 6: Leslie Harris. I supported Marty McLaren (and indeed worked on her campaign last time) but while she is a kind, gentle soul, she has been a disappointment. Just like Geary over McGuire, Harris over McLaren because Leslie Harris has the keen eye and skills to ask critical questions and get real answers to support students/parents/educators AND taxpayers. Her election motto says it all: Transparency, Trust, Equity.
She has been endorsed by both the Times and The Stranger. I invite you to check her endorsements page at her website; it's long and pretty amazing.
District 1 - Lisa Herbold (Shannon Braddock is the corporate-supported candidate, so no to that.)
District 2 - Don't know enough to pick. Bruce Harrell is a decent guy but I would have to ask someone who lives in that district what they think. Anyone?
District 3 - I would vote for Kshama Sawant.
District 4 (my district): Anyone but Rob Johnson. A nice guy but very corporate-supported. Jean Godden is just okay so the best picks are Michael Maddux or Tony Provine, smart people who know this district. Abel Pacheco is too much of a wild card for me.
District 5 - Not sure in this one either but probably not Sandy Brown. Anyone?
District 6 - As I mentioned in a previous thread, I like both Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O'Brien for their willingness to ask hard questions. I would pick Weatbrook.
District 7 - Don't really know but I have been very unimpressed with Sally Bagshaw.
Position 8 (at-large)- Anyone BUT Tim Burgess. That's all you really need to know. My pick would be Jon Grant.
Position 9 (at-large) - The race with the most off-the-wall, no-way candidates in it. I won't even mention their names (their initials are OT-G and AT) Trust me, you don't want them on the Council. My pick - by far - would be Bill Bradburd, a smart, feisty guy. I think Lorena Gonzalez is bright enough but riding on Mayor Murray's coattails. (I tried talking to her at an election event about public education and she kept looking around the room as we spoke as if she wasn't sure I was worth talking to.)