Seattle School Board Race: We Need Your Help!
by dryeyes SEP 05, 2011 Daily Kos
The four challengers—Sharon Peaslee, Kate Martin, Michelle Buetow, and Marty McLaren are all capable, intelligent education advocates poised to shift the balance of power on our seven-member School Board. They are up against opponents well funded by a wealthy political elite in the Seattle area. According to Public Disclosure Commission records, Seattle School Board candidates in 2007 spent a record $608,400.90. The winners raised 81.82% of those funds, and 57.75% of their contributions came from 17 contributors—14 of which consisted of 7 wealthy couples, including Steve and Connie Ballmer. Nowhere is it more evident that a wealthy political elite drives the privatization of public education than in Seattle. However, in Seattle, money alone doesn’t decide School Board elections.