Update: the LWV forum is to be in conjunction with the Seattle Council PTSA.
end of update
I have been diligently keeping my ear to the ground for School Board debates but the City Council races have been able to suck most of the attention of many groups. But naturally, the solid citizens of League of Women Voters are having a forum.
It's Thursday, October 8th from 7-8:30 pm at the First Baptist Church at 1111 Harvard Avenue (Capitol Hill).
According to my information, all the School Board candidates have sent in their RSVP except for District 1, Scott Pinkham and Michael Christophersen.
In other news:
- District 1 - Scott Pinkham
got the endorsement from the 43rd (by 90%). Michael Christophersen was not on
the ballot (presumably because he's not a Democrat but the group also
could have voted "no endorsement" and did not). Pinkham also has the
endorsement of the 36th Dems. He still has no website or Facebook page. But there is this YouTube video of his interview with the 36th Dems.
- District 2 - Rick Burke - Previously endorsed by the 43rd and 46th and now with endorsement of the 36th as well. Burke's YouTube video of his interview with the 36th Dems.
In case you missed it, District 2 candidate, Laura Gramer, now has a webpage. She's endorsed by the 34th Dems as well as former School Board director, Irene Stewart.
- District 3 - Jill Geary
has the endorsement of the 43rd as well as the 32nd, 36th as well as
the King County Young Democrats. She also received the endorsement of
Senator Bob Sasegawa.
Geary's Voter Statement at Seattle Channel.
Lauren McGuire. Interesting comparison (for whatever it's worth) - McGuire has mostly elected (or formerly elected) officials' endorsements while Geary has more LD endorsements. McGuire's Voter Statement at Seattle Channel.
- District 6 - Leslie Harris continues to sweep up the legislative district endorsements. I nominated her at the 43rd Dems this week and she won by about 65%.
It was interesting because I also nominated Jill Geary in District 3 and mentioned that Director Peters was endorsing Geary and Peters had been the only Board director to vote no on the Superintendent's request to be able to take legal action against the teachers. Marty McLaren, in her statement to the group, talked about her collaboration but said that she didn't want to vote against the Board action because it would be divisive. Going along to get along, rather than voting your conscience, particularly when you were a teacher yourself, is troubling.
As well Harris has the endorsement of:
- National Women's Political Caucus of Washington State
- 32nd, 34th, 36th Legislative Districts
- Ron Sims, Betty Patu, former City Council member Tina Podlodowski
Harris' Voter Statement at Seattle Channel.
KING-5 had a story on the elections. They spoke to Lauren McGuire, Harris and Geary.
Editor's note: I tried to put in a video - from any source - for each candidate. I could not find any for Christophersen or Gramer from any source. If you have one, please post the link. I did not include McLaren as there is a lot of video on her.