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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.
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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