Two vie for school board seat in Nov. 3 election

September 29, 2009

Two candidates — Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel — are running for Issaquah School Board Director District No. 2.

It is the first time in 16 years the seat has been open; longtime board member Connie Fletcher isn’t seeking re-election.

The candidates are largely new to districtwide service, but both are active at their children’s schools and in the greater community. Read more

Families get called to political action

September 22, 2009

The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony.  By Chantelle Lusebrink

The Maraldo family works together on placing campaign signs for Marnie Maraldo (left), Issaquah School Board Position 2 candidate. Helping are Madeline, 6, Andrew, 10, and husband Tony. By Chantelle Lusebrink

When voters pick up a glossy flier from a local candidate or browse a campaign Web site, they learn about would-be officeholders. But voters also learn about a key piece of the candidates’ campaigns: families.

Candidates turn to family members in the closing weeks of the campaign to wave signs about busy intersections and chat up the campaigns at community meetings.

Candidates said spouses and children are never far from the action — and drudgery — of the campaign. Hopefuls for Issaquah City Council and school board said spouses greet voters at fundraisers, edit campaign speeches and, if the candidate has young children, to step in as caregiver while the candidate campaigns. Family members are also drafted to plant campaign signs and ring doorbells during voter canvassing.

Candidates said other benefits are less tangible. Families provide a bedrock of support and words of encouragement after a long day. Read more

Candidates turn to Facebook, Twitter to connect

September 15, 2009

Issaquah candidates have turned to the Web to sell their campaigns since the start of the Internet age. Now, with seven weeks until Election Day, City Council and school board hopefuls have broadened and refined strategies to reach voters. Read more

State Board of Education picks Connie Fletcher

September 8, 2009

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher testifies earlier this year before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. By Issaquah School District

Issaquah School Board member Connie Fletcher was selected as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education on Aug 31.

“It is a real honor,” Fletcher said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The state board directs education policy, like graduation requirements and curriculum, for the state. Read more

Candidates file for City Council, school board, more

June 9, 2009

Mayor Frisinger unopposed

Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings. Read more

Candidates file for city, school posts

June 5, 2009

NEW — 7:45 p.m. June 5, 2009

Mayor Ava Frisinger will run unopposed for a fourth term and seven City Council candidates will battle for four seats, according to unofficial King County Elections filings released today.

The deadline for candidate filing was 4:30 p.m. today. During the five-day filing period, Frisinger, seven council candidates and three Issaquah School Board hopefuls declared their candidacies for the nonpartisan seats. The county elections office posted the list on its Web site this afternoon.

Council incumbents Eileen Barber, David Kappler and Maureen McCarry entered the race. Newcomers Mark Mullet, Joan Probala, Tola Marts and Nathan Perea will seek council seats as well.

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