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School Board Primary Still Too Close To Call

Phyllis Fletcher

The primary election for Seattle School Board in northeast Seattle is still too close to call. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher has more.


The incumbent is sure to go to the general election in November: Harium Martin–Morris. The question is who will challenge him.

Right now, Michelle Buetow is in second place.

Buetow: "I didn't expect to be the lone holdout ranger with my opponents on a tight ballot race, but here we are. Excitement in late summer."

John Dunn is in third place. He did not immediately return a call for comment.

The incumbent has 41 percent of the vote. Dunn and Buetow are in the 27–28 percent range. Buetow has held her second–place spot.

She points out that she and Dunn together have 55 percent of the vote so far.

Buetow: "Which means if you look ahead to the general, I think that there's gonna be a lot of conversation over who the right person is to represent District 3 on the Seattle School Board."

In the last eight years, school board incumbents who have come in second in the primary lost in November. So far, incumbents in the School Board primary are coming in first, but only one has a majority: Peter Maier in north Seattle.

The last School Board election where an incumbent got the most votes in the primary and then lost in the general was in 2003, after the superintendent at the time quit in the wake of a financial scandal.

School Board primary winners are elected by neighborhood. In the general election, the whole city decides who wins.

I'm Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW News.

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