To the Editor

October 15, 2013

By Contributor

School board election

Lisa Callan has students’ best interests in mind

When Lisa Callan told me she planned to run for a position on the Issaquah School Board, I was excited both for the Issaquah School District and for Lisa.

Lisa has realistic, implementable and compelling ideas; she is a collaborative team player; and she is dedicated to having a positive influence on this district and the education it provides. Lisa brings skill, thought, intelligence and integrity to every table; her glass is always half full.

Lisa Callan has a knack for putting new ideas into action. As vice president of programs for the Grand Ridge Elementary School PTSA, Lisa implemented two new programs: Grizzly Guys, a group of fathers and men who encourage male participation in school activities; and the Cultural Diversity Council, a group of multicultural parents who create and implement a weekly cultural curriculum for Grand Ridge students.

Lisa also brought the Bellevue Art Museum’s Art of Discovery Project to Grand Ridge. This traveling exhibit showcases art pieces created by Northwest artists and provides a corresponding curriculum for elementary school-aged students.

Speaking as a parent and as a teacher in the district, I want someone like Lisa Callan on my district’s school board. She is accessible and approachable; she keeps the best interests of the district’s community, staff, parents and students in mind; and she cooperates with other leaders to find common ground and implementable solutions.

Vote Lisa Callan for Issaquah School Board on Nov. 5.

Kari Leon

Former Grand Ridge PTSA co-president


Alison Meryweather has track record kids deserve

Leaving my role as Issaquah School Board president to serve in Olympia was a tough decision for me, but that decision was made much easier knowing that Alison Meryweather would be appointed to my seat. I knew that she would share my passion to put kids first because I’d seen her do it.

Year after year and in organization after organization, she had been working with the school board and statewide advocacy groups to ensure that every child in our schools realized their full potential and that our limited resources would be put where they could have the biggest impact.

Before her opponent even joined PTA, Alison served as president of the Issaquah PTSA Council, trustee of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, chairwoman of Volunteers for Issaquah Schools and co-chairwoman of the Bond & Levy Campaign Steering Committee.

In politics, talk is cheap. I’ve learned to judge by accomplishments, and there really is no comparison when you consider Alison’s track record. She alone has the proven leadership skills to take our school district and its students to even higher levels of achievement.

She deserves your vote.

Chad Magendanz



Initiative 517

Make your voice heard at state, local levels

I support Initiative 517 because I am a strong believer in our initiative rights that our state has had for over a century.

Initiative 517’s primary policy change is guaranteeing you the right to vote on qualified initiatives.

In a unanimous ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court in 2005 rejected an effort by special interest groups to stop the people from voting on a qualified initiative — “Because ballot measures are often used to express popular will and to send a message to elected representatives, pre-election review unduly infringes on free speech.”

Despite this clear Supreme Court ruling, dozens of citizen-sponsored initiatives — liberal and conservative — were blocked from a public vote in recent years, even though local citizens followed all the rules.

In King County, after local citizens qualified an initiative to reduce the size of the King County Council, the county sued to block the vote.

In Bellingham, Monroe, Mukilteo, Longview, Wenatchee and my hometown of Redmond, local citizens sponsored initiatives letting the voters decide on red-light ticketing cameras. In every instance, the out-of-state red-light camera company sued the citizens to block the vote.

I was part of a team of local citizens in Redmond who sponsored and qualified one of those red-light camera initiatives for a vote. It was very upsetting when the city prevented the people from voting on it.

Unfortunately, this same thing has happened repeatedly to state and local initiatives.

But I-517 fixes that. With I-517, if the initiative qualifies, then the voters decide.

I-517 also discourages bullying of people who sign petitions and extends the time to collect signatures so that grassroots groups have access to the process too.

With I-517’s protections, future generations will have the chance to have their voices heard at the state and local level.

Please vote yes on 517.

Dawn Lee



Mayor candidates

Fred Butler bases decisions on listening, experience

I support Fred Butler to be the next Issaquah mayor for a variety of reasons.

I have worked with Fred over the past six years, four during my term on council and the last two as a member of the Economic Vitality Commission. I have found he is a great listener who keeps an open mind, and makes all of his decisions based on his experience and what he believes is in the best interest of the citizens of Issaquah.

Fred keeps a steady eye on the long-term sustainability of our community. He does this by deftly balancing the sometimes competing and sometimes complementary interests of the members of our community to reach solutions that will propel us forward into a future that is lasting.

Fred realizes that we need a strong pro-business setting combined with a vibrant arts community and a healthy environment to maintain what makes Issaquah a great place. He also has an excellent track record of representing our interests in the region to ensure our efforts at a sustainable future fit in the Greater Eastside communities and the state.

Vote for Fred!

John Traeger


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One Response to “To the Editor”

  1. Marilyn Boyden on October 23rd, 2013 7:19 pm

    Letter to the editor
    The Issaquah Press
    Dear Editor,
    The residents of Issaquah are very fortunate in having the choice between two highly qualified candidates for Mayor: Fred Butler and Joe Forkner. I’ve had the good fortune to know both men, like and admire both, and firmly believe that either would serve our community well.
    However, I have lived here for 64 years and in that time, through all the growth and changes, have come to understand the importance of leadership that participates vigorously in regional planning.
    Issaquah’s issues with traffic congestion, transit authority, water and air quality – these are all regional issues. Fred Butler has regional experience. He is a member of the Sound Transit Board. He knows and is known by regional leaders and can credibly represent Issaquah’s local concerns.
    Our community will be far better served with a seat at the table, than without. Electing Fred Butler is a short cut to that process, and for that reason I endorse his candidacy.
    Marilyn Boyden
    Sammamish, WA

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