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November 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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.
November 5, 2013 at 7:11 AM
UPDATE: 9:19 p.m.:
Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters both said they expected the race to be close. Dale Estey isn’t giving up yet.
“I am really hopeful that we’re going to pull this off,” said Dale Estey, who had about 48 percent of the vote in first day returns. “It was a tough campaign and Sue’s supporters are tenacious and she got her voters out and I commend her for that.”
Peters, who had just over 51 percent of the vote, said she wasn’t daunted by the money advantage or the negative ads that appeared in voters’ mailboxes last week, courtesy of Great Seattle Schools, an independent committee backing her opponent.
“The money was a challenge, of course, but we ran a smart, agile campaign,” Peters said. “We ran a campaign with integrity and I think that resonated with Seattle voters.”
UPDATE: 8:21 p.m.
Sue Peters led Suzanne Dale Estey by 3 percentage points in initial results Tuesday for one of two open Seattle school board seats.
Stephan Blanford easily led LaCrese Green for the other open seat, with nearly 88 percent of the votes going his way.
Incumbent board member Betty Patu ran unopposed for the third seat.
Voters today will elect three members – including filling two open seats — to the Seattle School Board.
Freelance journalist Sue Peters faces Suzanne Dale Estey, Renton’s former economic-development director, for one open seat.
The other open seat is a race between Stephan Blanford, a consultant with a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies, and LaCrese Green, a long time tutor of children of Ethiopian immigrants.
Incumbent board member Betty Patu ran unopposed for her seat.
The contest between Dale Estey and Peters became one of the hottest races in the election. The candidates framed the contest in ways that turned it into a referendum on the current board’s majority.
Dale Estey argued that the board has become distracted by infighting and micromanagement of the administration. Dale Estey promised to bring the right temperament and professionalism to the job.
Peters defended the board, arguing that the issue of infighting has been hyped by corporate elites backing Dale Estey who want a passive board and favor charter schools and other reforms that she says undermine public education. Peters argued that she had a record of opposing such reforms, both in her writing and in her work as a parent activist.
November 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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.
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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