Both Seattle School Board Director Michael DeBell and Director Kay Smith-Blum have decided not to run for re-election this November, leaving two open seats. Six candidates have filed to run for the seats.
According to the Seattle Times, those running for Smith-Blum’s seat are:
- Stephan Blanford, an educational consultant who has worked for the White Center Early Learning Initiative, Seattle’s Alliance for Education, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of King County;
- LaCrese Green, who previously ran for School Board in 2005; and
- Olu Thomas, a parent and co-chair of an effort to make the district’s Horace Mann building a community center.
Running for DeBell’s seat are:
- economic development consultant Suzanne Dale Estey;
- Dean McColgan, director of development at the Museum of Flight and former Federal Way councilman; and
- Sue Peters, a parent activist and freelance writer.
Director Betty Patu is up for re-election and is running unopposed.
All candidates will go through a primary election in August, and then be put to voters again for a final election in November.
Read more about the candidates in the Seattle Times.