Nine candidates have filed to represent Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Ballard on the Seattle School Board. None of them are District 4 incumbent Sue Peters.
In a post on her campaign website last week, Peters announced she would not seek reelection, and wrote that, “other obligations and responsibilities beckon,” in both her family and career, and that she’s been honored and gratified to serve with the current board, and the district’s students and families.
“There is still much work to be done to ensure that every student has the necessary support and opportunity to fulfill their potential; that teachers have the resources they need; that we establish a vision for the district that aligns with the values of the many diverse SPS communities; and to ensure that accountability does not stop at the doors of the John Stanford Center,” she wrote.
Peters was elected in 2013, and has served on the Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee, chaired the Audit & Finance Committee, and as trustee of the Scholarship Committee. She spent 2016 as board vice president, and currently serves as board president.
Among the nine that filed to run for the open position are Eden Mack, a longtime PTA activist and founding president of the grassroots organization Washington’s Paramount Duty, Megan Locatelli Hyska, the executive director of Foothold NW — a nonprofit startup looking to change how higher education is funded — and Queen Anne Community Council member Sean Champagne.
Also running are former Hamilton Middle School PTA president Lisa Melenyzer, Anh M. Nguyen, who works on the leadership team of Koru, professional educator and ESL program manager Herbert Camet, along with Darrell Toland, Jennifer Crow, and Jeff Jones.
The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 1 primary will advance to the general election on Nov. 7.
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