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Alison Meryweather
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Issaquah School District, District 4
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
AppointedMarch 20, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Office website
Campaign website
Alison Meryweather is a former District 4 member on the Issaquah Board of Directors in Washington. She was first appointed to the seat in March 20, 2013 to replace Chad Magendanz, who left the seat to join the Washington State House. Meryweather was defeated by challenger Lisa Callan in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Meryweather earned a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served in recent years on the Clark Elementary PTSA and Issaquah High School PTSA. Meryweather and her husband have two daughters who attended district schools.[1]



See also: Issaquah School District elections (2013)


Meryweather sought a full term in District 4 against Lisa Callan on November 5, 2013.


Issaquah School District, Four-year term, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Callan 51.6% 10,545
     Nonpartisan Alison Meryweather Incumbent 47.9% 9,790
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 97
Total Votes 20,432
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013


Meryweather reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[2]


Meryweather's campaign website listed the following endorsements in 2013:[3]

Campaign themes


Meryweather's campaign website provided the following themes for her 2013 campaign:[1]

Alison has been a tireless, passionate advocate for public education working in many capacities over many years to bring resources to our schools so that our students can benefit from the best possible education. She strongly believes that our success as a school district is dependent upon an engaged community and has been actively involved since her kids were in preschool. Alison has sought to build relationships and to work collectively to problem solve, whether in her effort to provide art enrichment or lobbying in Olympia. She has demonstrated her long standing commitment to our students and looks forward to continuing those efforts on the school board.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Marnie Maraldo ran unopposed in District 2 for a second term on the board. The District 4 race featured Meryweather running for her first full term against challenger Lisa Callan. Meryweather and Callan were finalists for appointment to the District 4 seat in March 2013 to replace Chad Magendanz.[4]


The district is facing rapid enrollment growth that will force a tax levy vote in February 2014. District schools have experienced a 10.9% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012 according to state enrollment figures.[5] On June 26, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a tax levy vote for February 2014 that would raise funds for capital improvements. This tax levy request includes a $193 million levy for maintenance and operations costs, $51.9 million for new technology investments and $1.7 million for transportation.[6]

About the district

See also: Issaquah School District, Washington
Issaquah School District is located in King County, Washington
Issaquah School District serves the City of Issaquah as well as portions of Bellevue, Renton and Sammamish in King County, Washington. The population of Issaquah was 30,434 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Issaquah outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.5%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Issaquah's median income at $87,038, while the state median income was $58,890. Issaquah had a poverty rate of 2.8% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Issaquah (%) Washington (%)
White 74.7 77.3
Black or African American 1.4 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.5
Asian 17.5 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.6
Two or More Races 4.1 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.8 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9]

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