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Bellevue School District No. 405

Director District No. 2

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Carolyn Watson

15127 NE 24th Street, PMB 101


Education: BA Anthropology, SUNY Albany; MBA Finance, Indiana University; graduate work in Applied Anthropology, American University
Occupation: Incumbent; PTSA Council; Former: Software Developer, College Instructor, VIBES Tutor.

I am committed to providing the excellent education for which Bellevue is known and doing so in a manner that is equitable. I will continue my commitment to providing a holistic education that balances the academic as well as emotional and mental health needs of all our students, including the most marginalized, and those with special needs, whether visible or invisible.


Having worked to select our incoming Superintendent, I look forward to collaborating with our educators and staff on innovative approaches to ensure that all students thrive. All students should feel valued and supported on their paths to their future dreams, whether college, trade school, or job.


I believe fiscal responsibility is critical to ensuring an exemplary education and protecting vital resources such as mental health counselors and school nurses. As part of my commitment to responsible oversight and governance, I participate in the state audit every year and help update our financial policies with guidance from our equity advisory committee.


Endorsements: Seattle Times, FUSE, WEA, BEA, King County Democrats, 41st Democrats, Senator Kuderer, Representatives Thai and Senn, Councilmember Balducci, Four former BSD School Board Presidents. Recognitions: Stevenson Elementary PTSA Golden Acorn, Washington State PTSA Gold Level Leadership Service Award.

Ryan Sugden

Ryan Sugden

15127 NE 24TH ST #821


(206) 809-0739

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Certified Public Accountant
Occupation: CPA specialized in Restaurant accounting for small businesses

Equity is an accounting term. It means ownership (as in, “How much equity do you have in your house?”) I intend to give families in District Two ownership in their educational choices.


District Two includes Ardmore Elementary, where I serve on the PTSA. Ardmore is a community of families diverse economically, culturally, and linguistically. The whole Bellevue School District would benefit from hearing this community’s voice on the board. I am running to amplify their voices.


With middle school closures planned for next year, it’s critical that new perspectives be added to the board and that we have increased dialogue with the families of District Two and their educational choices.


As an accountant, I have the background to approach the District’s financial situation from a fiscally responsible perspective. And as a Parent from the Ardmore community, I understand how these decisions will impact the members of our community with the fewest resources. In my work for our PTSA, I’ve helped to overcome the barriers families face when cultural and language differences could prevent full participation in the community.

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