Business and Community Leader, Mom and Lifelong Seattle Resident Suzanne Dale Estey Announces Campaign for School Board
Early endorsements from education and community leaders building a strong campaign
SEATTLE— Suzanne Dale Estey, a longtime business and community leader and K-12 graduate of Seattle Public Schools will run for the Seattle School Board in Position 4. Dale Estey, who lives in Magnolia with her husband and two young sons, will seek the position currently held by Michael DeBell, who announced that he will retire at the end of this year.
A public affairs and economic development consultant, Dale Estey has worked on some of the largest economic challenges in recent decades, including aerospace job retention and expansion, small business development through a historic economic recession, and expanding career training and STEM education. As economic development director for the City of Renton and an advisor to former County Executive Ron Sims, she helped lead efforts to bring jobs and investment to King County.
Suzanne has also worked for a nonpartisan civics education non-profit, the City of Seattle, a large financial institution, Washington State Governor Gary Locke and she was Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at The White House under President Bill Clinton.
“I’m excited to apply my hands-on skills building partnerships that improve outcomes—for students, families, and communities,” said Dale Estey. “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.”
Dale Estey begins the campaign with a host of critical local endorsements, including former HUD Deputy Secretary and County Executive Ron Sims, City Council President Sally Clark and Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Richard Conlin, King County Councilmembers Joe McDermott and Rod Dembowski, former Mayor Greg Nickels and former School Board President Barbara Schaad-Lamphere. Suzanne is also supported by Schools First officers and education leaders Greg Wong, Kerry Cooley-Stroum, and former School Board Member Peter Maier. A diverse range of community leaders including private developer and education leader Matt Griffin, business leader George Griffin and Democratic party activist Javier Valdez have endorsed Suzanne’s campaign, with more endorsements coming in.
“I am so grateful to launch the campaign with such strong, diverse support,” said Dale Estey. “I intend to meet with and seek endorsements and support throughout the city as we build a great team committed to success in our schools.”
Dale Estey grew up in Northeast Seattle, attending public schools in that part of the city and graduating from Roosevelt High School. During high school, she served as chair of the Inter-High Council, which represented students citywide in a non-voting role on the Seattle School Board. Her older son currently attends Blaine K-8 and will be joined by his younger brother this fall.
“As a product of Seattle Public Schools this is a personal issue for me,” said Dale Estey. “We are a unique, diverse, and dynamic schools community with committed teachers and the energy and passion of an innovative, educated city behind us. I look forward to working on behalf of all kids and families of Seattle as a School Board Director.”