Edmonds Education Association announces endorsements

Carin Chase, Rory Graves, Nancy Katims
Jul 11, 2019

The Edmonds Education Association has endorsed Carin Chase, Rory Graves, and Nancy Katims for positions on the Edmonds School District board of directors.

According to association President Andi Nofziger-Meadows, the three candidates earned the endorsement of the association, which represents over 1,500 certificated staff in the Edmonds School District, because of their strong commitment to public schools; their belief in supporting student success through smaller class sizes and keeping district resources at the classroom and building level; their promise to communicate effectively with employees and the community and to gather input from all stakeholders before making decisions; and the diverse, rich experiences they will bring to the school board.

Carin Chase is running for re-election for Position 1. Nofziger-Meadows said she has been a staunch advocate for students and educators during her first term on the School Board.

“The educators of Edmonds appreciated that Carin was one of the two ‘no’ votes on the School Board’s May 14th reduced education plan, which increased staffing ratios, led to layoff notices for classroom teachers, and will result in higher class sizes for students in the 2019-20 school year unless the district takes action to reverse the increase,” said Nofziger-Meadows.

“It is clear that Carin’s priorities are to making cuts as far away from the classroom as possible.”

EEA endorses Rory Graves for Position 3, a seat currently held by Gary Noble.

“With children currently attending school in Edmonds, Rory is incredibly in touch with the most crucial issues facing students and educators in the Edmonds School District,” said Nofziger-Meadows.

“Her experience as a parent of young children in our schools, her background as a digital engagement manager, and her commitment to including all voices in conversations about the direction of our school district, will bring a fresh perspective to our Board.”

Nancy Katims earned the endorsement of EEA for Position 5, the open seat being vacated by Diana White, who is running for Edmonds City Council.

With over 40 years working in public education, and nearly 20 years in Edmonds School District, EEA said Katims is uniquely qualified to serve the Edmonds School District.

“My priorities for budgeting will always be to put students first, and that includes reasonable class sizes and teachers who are appropriately supported both financially and professionally,” said Katims.

“As a member of the School Board, I will provide more effective oversight by asking the right questions to fully understand the purpose of each district initiative and the underlying assumptions regarding district financial and personnel actions, and to weigh the costs of each one against the benefits—always with an eye toward student success.”

Primary ballots are mailed to registered voters on July 18, and Aug. 6 is the last day to return completed ballots.


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