Sunday, August 18, 2019

Of Interest the Week of August 19-24, 2019

Two items of electoral interest.

Wednesday, August 21st

The Seattle School Board will have a public meeting to narrow down the field of 9-10 candidates down to three to replace the newly-retired Betty Patu.  This two-hour meeting will take place at the JSCEE from 4:30-6:30 pm.

(It's 9 or 10 depending on who you are talking to.  At the meeting on August 12th, it was stated by Board staff that they had checked all the candidates for the residency requirement to be in the running and they had only one candidate in question.  But later, after the meeting, the reporter from the Seattle Times noticed the agenda item said "9 candidates" and asked.  She was told that Patricia Cheadle had dropped out.  The webpage does not reflect that statement so it's either 9 or 10 candidates.  Ms. Cheadle did not attend the candidate forum so I suspect she's effectively out.)

The meeting is open to the public but there was some discussion at the August 12th meeting of perhaps needing to briefly go into Executive Session if there were any issues with candidates of a sensitive nature.

I believe the Board will likely pick the three among Emijah Smith, Dionne Foster, Julie Van Arcken, and Sofia Voz.  These are all women of color.  My take is the women seem much stronger than the men, particularly about knowing the ends and outs of the district.

To note: SEA will be having a rally at the JSCEE that same day, starting at 4 pm. 

Thursday, August 22nd

There will be a forum at City Hall organized by the Youth Consortium and their members will be asking questions to candidates in races for the Seattle City Council, Port of Seattle Commission, Seattle Public Schools Board, and King County Council.  Doors open at 5:30 pm.

From the Facebook page for this event:
The Youth Consortium is lead, coordinated, and implemented by young people between the ages of 16-24. We are predominately youth of color from South King County. We believe in the power of our voices and know that as those most deeply impacted by racism, classism, sexism, and systemic oppression we also have some of the most innovative and transformative solutions.

Please join us for evening of solutions building, accountability, transparency, discussion and community organizing during this 2019 election season!
I look forward to hearing what young people will be asking Board candidates.

And, unlike past years, the School Board races will be FIRST in the rotation (they usually stick them at the end of these forums).   This will be followed by Port of Seattle, Seattle City Council, and King County Council. Doors at 5:30, welcome at 6, first forum at 6:15.  (Thank you to candidate Eric Blumhagen who had this information at his Facebook campaign page.)

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