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Seattle School Director District No. 1

Director District No. 1

Liza Rankin

Liza Rankin

PO BOX 9100


(503) 395-5253



Education: Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Whitman College; Masters of Fine Arts Theater Design Brandeis University
Occupation: School Board Director; Adjunct Lecturer, Mom, Community Organizer, Nonprofit Leader

As your current School Board Vice President and a longtime PTSA leader, I’ve worked over a decade alongside families, educators, and communities across Seattle. I know the incredible successes of our schools, and the systemic and institutional challenges we face. I’m running to continue working to improve experiences and outcomes for our students, guided by community vision and values.


Over three challenging years, I have demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues and complexities facing our schools. Throughout the ever-changing pandemic landscape, I worked to make positive changes centered on student well-being, from volunteering at COVID test sites and in schools, to championing gun violence prevention and legislation, and leading on inclusive education policy changes in Instructional Philosophy and Special Education.


As the Board’s Legislative Liaison I helped secure additional state resources for special education, access to career and technical education, and behavioral health support for students recovering from pandemic disruption and trauma. I led efforts to ban isolation and limit restraint in SPS – practices that disproportionately impact students of color and with disabilities. Our policy is a state model for preventative and restorative practices that address high needs and cultivate safe, culturally responsive learning environments that benefit all children.


Together, we can meet the needs of our diverse learners and make our public schools the top choice for education for Seattle’s families. I’m committed to navigating budget and enrollment challenges with transparency, clarity, and community partnership– to maximize student benefit while operating within our means. I will continue putting my skills and experience to work to rebuild not only trust and confidence, but joy and excitement throughout our education system. I ask for your vote.


Endorsements: Legislators Javier Valdez, Gerry Pollet, Darya Farivar; County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay; School Board President Brandon Hersey, National Women’s Political Caucus, more!

Michael Christophersen

Michael Christophersen

621 NW 114TH PL


Education: Applied science degree in electronic engineering
Occupation: Technical consultant to the software industry

I have a long career in quality control, project management and auditing of financial data systems. I will bring a high level of process scrutiny and logical problem solving to help in the school board’s decision making process.  I will use these skills in working with other board members and district staff to root out waste or inefficiencies that exist in our school district management. 

This is my third campaign running for the Seattle school board and we all know it's difficult to get elected in Seattle unless you are seen as an activist. I'm not an activist just a Seattle Public Schools graduate and father of 3 Seattle Public School's students who wants to see some stability , logic and fiscal responsibility return to Seattle Public Schools management. I believe my experience can help this district by pushing the narrative around school safety, the budget shortfall, capacity planning and outsourcing departments but it won’t be just talk!

I'm pledging at a minimum to have open and honest bi-weekly community meetings and an open door policy for anyone who needs help.

Please vote for me.

Michael Christophersen   

Blaine Parce

Blaine Parce

10531 MIDVALE AVE N #1


(206) 861-5661

Education: SPS, some college and life experiences that done need a degree or certificate.
Occupation: I am a full time grocery/retail worker and parent/volunteer

I am enrolled member of the Assiniboine Sioux from Fort Peck MT. I was born here in Seattle WA, and have graduated from Seattle Public Schools.  Having lived here my whole life I have and am still raising my six children, five of whom attend/attended Seattle Public Schools. Having my older children attending SPS, I have volunteered in numerous schools and have seen many challenges that our underserved and marginalized populations go through.

In the past I have worked with a nonprofit organization and some alumni to help make a site a city landmark in Seattle. The Wilson Pacific site located in North Seattle, just north of greenlake was slated for demolition to build two “Mega” schools. This decision was voted on and approved and had a high impact from the HCC parents and supporters. Leaving community members and organization, little to no voice and displacing them. Now, the district is making the same move across the district.  I ask again, how is this cost effective and helping the needs of our students if SPS will dismantle their schools and community?

Volunteering in our schools, I have seen the day to day our teachers face. As we look forward, we are looking at the changes that would be made to SPS under enrolled schools and those communities.  There are so many other ways we can look at the budget and help our students have tools they need to succeed.  We are a small school, and I hope to make some change and give our school the same opportunity to continue to educate our future leaders.

I do have, questions and concerns, I will learn and I will adapt, I hope to help all our students across the district and our families and community in D1.

Debbie Carlsen

Debbie Carlsen

P.O. BOX 75435


(206) 455-1154

Education: Western Washington University, Political Change through Feminist and Ethnic Studies; Seattle University, Teaching Certificate
Occupation: Educator (early learning), Advocacy Consultant, Washington Communities for Children

Representation matters. Our public schools have been critical at bringing opportunity and learning to generations of Seattle’s children but we have much more work to do to increase academic achievement, ensure every student has a healthy and inclusive learning environment and the school district is managed with transparency and accountability.  I’ve lived in Seattle for 27 years and over the past 15 years, I served on the Best Start for Kids Advisory Board, as Executive Director of an LGBTQ+ nonprofit, as an Interim Policy Director for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washington, and as Mobilization contractor for Children’s Alliance. I was a community organizer for Hotel and Restaurant Employees Local 8 and currently serve as the co-chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee for the 46th District Democrats.  As Olympic Hills PTA Advocacy Chair, I have a firsthand understanding of the challenges and opportunities in our schools.

I’m running to be a strong LGBTQ+ voice on the school board and ensure children of all identities feel a sense of belonging in their schools. The inequities in academic achievement still need urgent attention and focus to make the Seattle School District the exemplary learning environment we all want it to be. My vision in becoming a School Board Director is:

Ensuring every student feels a sense of belonging in their school. That no matter what your identity is, students can thrive and feel safe while gaining a high-quality education; Implementing a robust community engagement process especially when big district decisions need to be made that center the communities farthest from educational opportunities; Bringing more transparency back in the budget and policy development process.

I’m excited to take my experience in education, community organizing, and labor to get pragmatic results for all students. I’d be honored to earn your vote.


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