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Two Seattle School Board Seats Up For Grabs In Primary

Seattle Public Schools

Six candidates are vying for two Seattle School Board seats in the August 6 primary election.

In Director District 5, which includes Capitol Hill, the Central Area, Beacon Hill and downtown, Kay Smith-Blum is stepping down from her board seat after one term.
The candidates for her seat are Stephan Blanford, an educational policy consultant; LaCrese Green, a retired state worker who also ran for the board eight years ago; and Olu Thomas, an unemployed social worker.

In District 4, which spans Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne, Michael DeBell is leaving his seat after eight years on the board.

The contenders in that district are Suzanne Dale Estey, an economic development consultant; Dean McColgan, a former Federal Way mayor and city council member; and Sue Peters, a writer and education activist.

All of the candidates but Green and McColgan currently have children in Seattle Public Schools.

In District 7, South Seattle, incumbent Betty Patu is running for a second term unopposed.

In Seattle School Board primary elections, voters can only weigh in on races within their board director districts.

In the general election, school board candidates run at-large for consideration by all Seattle voters.

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