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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Independent group mails another negative ad in Seattle school board race

An independent group supporting Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey has dropped another negative ad on Seattle voters just days ahead of Tuesday’s election.

The latest direct mail piece from the committee, Great Seattle Schools,  is headlined: “Inside the Mind of Sue Peters: A Vast Conspiracy.”  The flip side of the full-page mailer is a positive ad for Dale Estey.

The mailer states that Peters “believes that the Gates Foundation is part of a vast conspiracy to take over Seattle Public Schools” and that Peters “thinks the Gates Foundation is the root of our problems.”

Peters says both assertions are false. She responded to the piece on her campaign website.

The ad reprints a a flow chart that Peters and Dora Taylor put together for an  Aug. 23, 2010, post for the Seattle Education blog titled “The lines of influence in education reform.”  

Peters and Taylor, the blog’s co-authors, analyzed publicly available financial data about various nonprofits such as the Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation and traced how they fund various education reform causes and organizations around the country and specifically in Seattle.

Peters argues that the diagram “connected various dots” and is not a conspiracy theory.

Great Seattle Schools has raised nearly $98,000 and spent about $95,000, according to state campaign finance records. Expenses dated Oct. 28 total about $43,000 for consulting, design, printing and postage.

The committee mailed another negative ad to voters last summer declaring that Dale Estey is the “candidate for change” while Peters would offer “more of the same.”

Peters said that ad misrepresented or omitted her views, qualifications and endorsements.

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