Challenger Lisa Callan bests incumbent for school board seat
November 12, 2013
By Neil Pierson
A week after the Nov. 5 general election, challenger Lisa Callan has widened her lead and won a seat on the Issaquah School Board.
Numbers posted to the King County Elections’ website Nov. 8 show Callan with 9,141 votes, nearly 600 more than incumbent board member Alison Meryweather.
Callan’s vote total represents 51.52 percent of the total ballots counted. While there may be a few thousand ballots left to count, Callan’s lead has grown since initial results were reported. Her lead is also well above the threshold of 0.5 percent that would trigger a mandatory recount.
The election will be certified Nov. 26, and Callan will likely take office at the school board’s Dec. 11 meeting.
“We’re feeling pretty optimistic,” Callan said last week of the results. “We did a real grassroots campaign. We did a lot of meeting and greeting, talking to people directly.”
Callan said her first priority in office is “getting up to speed on issues,” particularly Issaquah’s Feb. 11 ballot measures that include a maintenance and operations levy, a bus levy, and a capital levy for technology and critical repairs.
“I would definitely want to express to people on both sides of the issue (my desire) to learn about the upcoming levy,” she said.
Meryweather and Callan were the finalists for the District 4 vacancy in March. The board appointed Meryweather to the seat, which was opened after Chad Magendanz left to take a position in the state House of Representatives.
Callan announced her candidacy for the seat in May. District 4 represents much of the southern half of the Issaquah School District.