Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Over the last several months I have had the tremendous honor of meeting with thousands of voters across the city and hearing their hopes and desires for high quality education for all of Seattle’s kids. It has been an inspiring and overall fun adventure. I have learned a great deal from hardworking educators and leaders throughout the District, families who are deeply invested in making public education work, and thoughtful student and other community leaders. We have helped push the District and the community toward finally making progress on long-standing challenges, and we have kept conversations focused on solutions.
It appears that the votes aren’t there to win this election, and I just called Sue Peters to congratulate her on a hard fought victory. I wish Sue and the entire board great success in their work for Seattle’s 51,000+ public school students. I am deeply grateful to each of our hundreds of generous volunteers, endorsers and contributors who pitched in to this team effort, to my best friend and amazing partner, Mike, our wonderful sons, Dale and Noah, and to all of our family and friends for their unwavering support. Onward!
I’m excited to apply my hands-on skills building partnerships that improve outcomes—for students, families, and communities. We have so much work to do to improve what is already great about our schools, and fix the things that aren’t working. We can do that through smart planning and leveraging the incredible opportunities in our region. We owe our kids nothing less than our best efforts.