Topic: Seattle School Board
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August 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Olu Thomas, in third place in the three-way race for the District 5 seat on the Seattle School Board, has endorsed the frontrunner, Stephan Blanford.
In a prepared release, Thomas said Blanford has the best potential to represent the interest of the students in District 5, which includes the Central Area, Capitol Hill and parts of downtown Seattle.
Blanford thanked Thomas, saying that Thomas based her campaign on the desire for an equitable outcome for all students, and he shared that view.
Blanford won about 79 percent of the votes in the primary election, which was limited to voters in District 5. LaCrese Green, a private tutor, was second with about 12 percent, about 785 votes ahead of Thomas.
Blanford and Green advance to the general election in November, where voters citywide will choose the winner.
August 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM
The results in the two contested races for Seattle School Board didn’t change much after Wednesday’s vote tally.
After Tuesday night’s count, it was clear that Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters would advance to the general election in District 4, which covers Queen Anne, Magnolia and part of Ballard. Dale Estey still has about 48 percent of the vote counted to date, and Peters has 41 percent.
In District 5, Stephan Blanford’s lead on Wednesday rose one percentage point to 79 percent, and LaCrese Green remained in second with about 12.5 percent of votes counted. She is 678 votes ahead of Olu Thomas in the race for second place, and the chance to continue their campaigns into November.
August 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM
In this year’s closest race for Seattle School Board, Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters were leading in Tuesday’s returns, setting up what likely will continue to be a spirited campaign between the two candidates.
Dale Estey, a government-relations and public-affairs consultant, had nearly 48 percent of the votes counted Tuesday. Peters, a freelance writer and education activist, was second with 41 percent. Dean McColgan, the third candidate in the District 4 race, was a distant third with nearly 11 percent.
District 4 covers Queen Anne, Magnolia and part of Ballard.
In District 5, which covers much of central Seattle and Capitol Hill, education consultant Stephan Blanford had a large lead with 78 percent of the votes counted. LaCrese Green, a private tutor, was second with about 13 percent and parent Olu Thomas was third with about 8 percent.
Incumbent Betty Patu, running unopposed in District 7, advances to the general election automatically.
In the primary, school board candidates run only in their districts. In each race, the two candidates with the most votes advance to general election, which then is decided by voters citywide.
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