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Kent School District No. 415

Director District No. 3

Leslie Kae Hamada

Leslie Kae Hamada

28026 189TH AVE SE

KENT, WA 98042

(206) 892-8197

Education: Eastern Washington University University of Washington Evergreen State College
Occupation: Retired 32 year Professional career in communication and marketing

I want to continue in my "re-election" campaign in what I ran on in 2019: strong fiscal oversight, transparency, and open communication. Kent now has a healthy fiscal balance. Kent has a graduation rate of 89% in 2022. We "listened" to our community in wanting alternatives Kent Laboratory Academy (3-12) was born from that, we maintained I-Grad (16-21) increased TOP Program (18-21) inclusive education transitional program, offer a Highly Capable program and have brought early testing for dyslexia before entering kindergarten. In the future we need to promote and sustain a diverse workforce. To maintain all these programs and much more it takes sustained "Leadership."


My education, professional career managing people and large budgets, and my volunteer work have prepared me well for this work. I have been recipient of the Honorary Citizen of the Year of Covington 2012, Kent Reporter 2019, the Kent Area Parent Teacher Student Association Outstanding Service Award 2021-2022, and the Washington State School Directors Associates Leadership Award in 2022. 


I have been endorsed by the Martin Luther King Labor Council and the National Women's Political Caucus of Washington State. We are making progress and I need your help to continue for an even better future.

Donald Cook

Donald Cook

17300 SE 270TH PL UNIT 7927


(253) 740-6306

Education: Bachelor's in Information Technology - Network Administration and Security, Green River College
Occupation: Project Manager, Comcast Business

I’m running for the Kent School Board because I believe the board must improve in providing a safe and equitable environment for our students and staff.


KSD has a duty to provide for the free, appropriate public education of every student. As a project manager, I know the importance of effective communication in the workplace. I plan to listen and respond to the community in an effort to rebuild trust that has been missing between the district and the community they serve. I also served as a proud combat veteran of the United States Air Force. I hope to be given the opportunity to serve my community again in this new capacity.


My children are the 5th generation of my family to attend KSD, starting with my great-grandmother, who graduated from Kent High School in 1939. I want to show my children that improving communication leads to better outcomes for everyone. Our community is what we make of it, let's work together toward a brighter future.


I am honored to be endorsed by the Kent Education Association, Washington Education Association and the Washington Legislative District #33 Democrats. Join me in my effort to rebuild trust in the Kent School District.

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