Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey has conceded to Sue Peters for one of two open seats.
Dale Estey announced the concession late Wednesday night on her campaign’s Facebook page:
It appears that the votes aren’t there to win this election, and I just called Sue Peters to congratulate her on a hard fought victory. I wish Sue and the entire board great success in their work for Seattle’s 51,000+ public school students.
The freelance journalist and parent activist prevailed in one of the most heavily funded school board campaigns in recent history.
Dale Estey raised about $100,000 more than her opponent. An independent political action committee backing Dale Estey called Great Seattle Schools raised almost $98,000 and spent much of the money on negative ads that hit voters’ mailboxes in the week before the election.
Stephan Blanford was cruising to victory with more than 88 percent of the vote in his race for the other open seat against LaCrese Green. Incumbent board member Betty Patu ran unopposed.