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November 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Peter Maier concedes to Sharon Peaslee

The Seattle School Board will have two new members the next time it meets.

North Seattle incumbent Peter Maier called challenger Sharon Peaslee to concede Tuesday, resolving the final piece of an election which featured four highly contested races.

Updated vote totals released earlier Tuesday showed Peaslee leading Maier by about 1,700 votes, or 1.13 percent. State law provides for a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 percent.

Election results will officially be certified next week.

Peaslee’s apparent victory came as a surprise to many in the Seattle education community. An independent writer and producer who founding a math tutoring business on the Eastside, she was not given much of a chance against Maier, a one-term incumbent and longtime levy campaign leader.

While Maier led Peaslee 51.9 percent to 47.7 percent on Election Night, Peaslee steadily closed the gap as ballots from late voters were counted.

She will join West Seattle’s Marty McLaren, who staged her own upset against current board president Steve Sundquist, on the new board. Sherry Carr and Harium Martin-Morris were re-elected, and three other incumbents were not up for re-election.

The new board will be sworn in next Wednesday afternoon at district headquarters. It will meet for the first time Dec. 7, and will elect a new president then.

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