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May 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Kay Smith-Blum withdraws candidacy for State Board of Education

Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum said Wednesday that she has withdrawn her application for an open seat on the Washington State Board of Education.

Smith-Blum was one of six finalists for an open seat on that 16-member board, which is a statewide advocacy and policy body.

If she had been selected, Smith-Blum would have had to cut short her term on the school board, which otherwise wouldn’t end until November.  On Monday, she said she hadn’t yet decided whether to seek a second four-year term on the school board.  She also has said she is interested in applying for other State Board posts that will be open in January.

If Smith-Blum doesn’t seek a second term on the Seattle school board, two seats in the fall election will be up for grabs, without an incumbent in the race.    Michael DeBell, the board’s most-senior member, announced this week that he won’t seek a third term.

DeBell has served as the board’s president or vice president for five of his eight years in that post.  He said he is proud of the work he’s been able to achieve on the board, including working to keep the board focused on policy and oversight without getting involved in district management.   He intends to continue in public life in some role, just a new one.

Betty Patu, who also is up for reelection, has announced she will seek a second term.

The filing period opens next week.

 

Comments | More in Education | Topics: Kay Smith-Blum, Michael DeBell, Seattle School Board

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