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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 3, 2015 General And Special Election

School, Seattle School District No. 1 
Director District No. 6

Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris

Education: Attended Western Washington University and University of Washington
Occupation: Litigation Paralegal for victims and workers



I will be committed to Transparency, Trust, and Equity. We can do better for our kids, families and community. We need to put more dollars in the classrooms, equity in program-availability throughout the district, especially those serving Special Ed, English Language Learners, advanced and at-risk students.  We should support, not dismantle, life-saving programs like Middle College High School. Children are not widgets – we must meet their different learning needs. We need accountability and leadership and to replicate what is working and discontinue failing practices.


I have 30 years of professional experience as a litigation paralegal, researching fact and law. Working on teams to represent victims gives me the advocacy skills to serve the public as a very effective Director.  For over 10 years, I have regularly attended board and committee meetings at the central office. I have extensive relevant recent experience in our schools and have served on PTSAs  for 13 years. My service on local, state and national boards demonstrates I understand and work collaboratively on addressing policymaking and fiduciary duty.

 Harris is a detail-oriented, analytical thinker who aims to create better transparency and communication between the school board and the children and families it serves. She will demand better accountability and educational outcomes from board policies.”  The Seattle Times.


I ask for your vote.

Endorsed by The Seattle Times, The Stranger, MLKing Labor Council*, King Co. Dems, KC Young Dems, 11th, 32nd, 34th, 46th*Leg. Dist. Dems, Metro Dems Club,  IUOE Local 609 (Classified Seattle School employees), Aerospace Machinists 751, IBU, Jt. Council Carpenters, Labors No. 242, and others. Please see website for additional  endorsements, including Dow Constantine, Phil Talmadge, Greg Nickels, Irene Stewart, Sally Soriano, Joe McDermott, Larry Gossett, Rod Dembowski, and Eileen Cody. *dual – all others sole. Deadline for this submittal 08-07-15

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Marty McLaren

Marty McLaren

Education: BA, History, UW; Teaching Credential, Pacific Oaks College; endorsements in Math, Science, History, ECE.
Occupation: Incumbent School Board Director, retired SPS math teacher


I am a parent and professional educator who has served Seattle Schools for 14 years, ten as a teacher and four on the School Board. I’m running for re-election because I know what we need to do to close the opportunity gap and meet the needs of every student in our district. In the past four years I have played a leading role on these important initiatives:

  • adoption of a leading-edge K5 math curriculum
  • implementation of a district-wide intervention system to identify and support struggling learners before they fall behind
  • improvements in professional learning for teachers
  • hiring a distinguished education leader as our Superintendent.

My greatest strength is bringing people together to work constructively in achieving our goals.


I spearheaded development of a School Board Code of Conduct, unanimously supported by my colleagues. This collaborative spirit has increased cooperation between the board and district staff, enabling us to make significant progress in improving the culture and quality of Seattle Public Schools.


However, much crucial planning is yet to be implemented. In my second term on the board, I will ensure that closing the gap remains our highest priority. I will continue to work diligently for full funding to meet the needs of disadvantaged learners and improve the quality of education in all of our schools. With wise spending and careful planning we’re getting things done for our students and teachers. With full funding we will achieve all our goals.


If re-elected, I will leverage my strengths to empower our incoming new Board Directors to form a highly effective team. Together, we can ensure that Seattle students are among the most supported, successful students in the nation.


Endorsements: Current and former Board Presidents Sherry Carr, Sharon Peaslee, Kay Smith-Blum, Director Harium Martin-Morris, MLKJr. County Labor Council, 46th Democrats, Cliff Mass.

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