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November 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Challenger Sharon Peaslee pulls ahead in Seattle School Board race

Seattle School Board challenger Sharon Peaslee pulled ahead of incumbent Peter Maier in updated vote totals released Tuesday afternoon.

Peaslee led Maier by 91 votes – 67,294 to 67,385. She had 49.87 percent of the vote to Maier’s 49.80 percent.

It is unclear how many votes are still left to be counted. As of Tuesday, King County officials had tallied votes from nearly 47 percent of registered voters. Overall turnout was expected to be about 50 percent.

Maier, a one-term incumbent and longtime levy campaign leader, led Peaslee 51.9 percent to 47.7 percent on Election Night, but Peaslee has steadily closed the gap since then.

Peaslee, an independent writer and producer, focused her campaign on increasing community input in decision making and prioritizing classroom funding.

Another of the challengers, Marty McLaren of West Seattle, is also ahead, leading current School Board President Steve Sundquist 54 percent to 46 percent. Two of the other incumbents, Harium Martin-Morris and Sherry Carr, appear headed for re-election.

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