Candidates for school board: Why they want your vote

One incumbent, eight newcomers are in Tuesday’s primary
By Brian Soergel | Jul 31, 2019
Courtesy of: Edmonds School District

One incumbent and eight newcomers are vying for two open spots on the Edmonds School District board of directors.

Four newcomers – Rina Redrup, Lisa Hunnewell, Nancy Katims and D.P. “Casey” Auve III – are seeking a seat in District 5 vacated by board president Diana White, who resigned to run for Edmonds City Council.

In District 3, Jennifer Cail, Rory Graves, Boe Lindgren and Mary Schultz are aiming to unseat four-term incumbent Gary Noble.

The top-two finishers in the Aug. 6 primary will face off in the general election Nov. 5. The winners get a four-year term.

In District 1, both incumbent Carin Chase and challenger Alvin Rutledge move on to the general election. District 1 includes Edmonds Heights K-12, Scriber Lake High School, Madrona K-8, and Sherwood and Westgate elementaries.

While candidates must live in the area they want to represent, the race will appear on ballots throughout the district.

The Beacon asked candidates to tell readers, in 100 words or less, why they want to win a seat on the district board of directors. Mary Schultz deferred to comments in the primary voters’ pamphlet. Boe Lindgren did not respond to emails and phone calls.

Edmonds School District Director, District 5

District 5 includes the northeast portion of the school district, including Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, and parts of Brier and unincorporated Snohomish County. It includes Meadowdale High School, Meadowdale Middle School, and Edmonds, Seaview, Beverly, Meadowdale, and Lynndale elementary schools.

Rina Redrup

Ever since I taught kindergarten in public schools, I knew that I wanted to serve on the school board.

I saw firsthand what happens when decisions are implemented without consideration for the students and teachers, and now I see it happening in schools here. We need to make a change. We also need to establish connections through trade and apprenticeship programs so that students who are not college-bound can find a path to success.

It is my goal for students of all backgrounds to realize their potential, and I believe I can achieve this on the school board.

Nancy Katims

When I joined the Edmonds School District staff in 1999, the district had a sense of urgency about student learning, and our outcomes reflected excellence. Today, that urgency has diminished, and we’re not keeping pace.

I am running for the school board to restore an energetic focus on helping all students reach their full potential. Having served 40 years in public education, I understand how district systems work – from building budgets and supporting teachers to communicating with parents and keeping students safe.

I’ll use my experience as an educator and parent to be an advocate for all our kids.

Lisa Hunnewell

My children have been a part of the Edmonds School District since 2001, and as my youngest becomes a senior at Meadowdale High School this fall, I want to offer my time and talents to give back to the community.

I offer a new perspective based on my recent service on the 2020 Facilities and Bond Committee, and I believe I can make a difference. Issues I plan to address:

  • Overcrowding in our elementary schools and support for the 2020 school bond to renew our tired schools;
  • Building partnerships with service organizations to serve our homeless students and their families to ensure they are prepared for success; and,
  • Reviewing dollars spent that do not go directly towards our student's education to resolve our budget shortfall.

D.P. (Casey) Auve III

My priority is to encourage the school district to broaden and firmly support their “career and college readiness” vision. I’m a product of vocational education, and have successfully cared for my household for over 16 years in the graphic design field since high school and art school.

I’ve been a leader in the community for over eight years, serving as president of both Lynnwood Rotary and Foundation for Edmonds School District. I’ve been on the board of the Foundation for Edmonds School District for seven years.

I helped establish the Nourishing Network. I also helped obtain the funding for the Meadowdale High auto shop update a number of years ago.

Edmonds School District Director, District 3

District 3 includes a portion of northeast Lynnwood and unincorporated Snohomish County and includes Lynnwood High School and Martha Lake, Spruce and Oak Heights elementaries.

Gary Noble

I have a passion for public schools. I have been on the board for 16 years, and have volunteered in our district for over 30 years. Recent achievements include five new state-of-the-art school replacements, test scores and graduation rates that exceed state averages, and financial integrity through funding increases and decreases.

My priorities are increasing student achievement, hiring and retaining a high-quality teaching staff, and lowering class sizes.

My experience ranges from PTA officer and math tutor to president of the board. I have the experience, commitment, and leadership to continue to represent you and your children in our district.

Jennifer Cail

I am running for school board as a mother of three children who thinks it is important for parental representation on the board. I have a background in educational nonprofit accounting to make sure to use tax dollars wisely.

As a performing arts family, I am a supporter of arts education to foster the creativity needed to succeed in today’s high-tech world. As a mother of a child with special needs, I am fully aware of how hard it is to get the services legally mandated, and I have plans to make it easier.

Rory Graves

Public schools are the heart of the community, and access to a quality public education is the bedrock of a prosperous and equitable society. I am the parent of three kids served by our district, and I want them to grow up in a district that prioritizes the success of EVERY student.

I was compelled to run in the wake of teacher layoffs, which I know will have ripple effects in our community. I will advocate for a shared decision-making process. I will also work to ensure our district is accountable to well-defined goals that clearly reflect student outcomes.

Mary Schultz (info from voters pamphlet)

I am running as one that has gone through the Edmonds 15 school system and a concerned citizen. One of my primary concerns is I would like to address how the budget can be best allocated.

The safety of teachers and students is also a prime concern. As well as having an environment that is conducive for all students to learn every day. In today’s world there are many challenges for teachers and students alike. Not to mention the school board itself. I hope to be a new fresh voice on the school board.


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