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Issaquah School District elections (2013)

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2013 Issaquah School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Issaquah School District
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Two seats were up for election on the Issaquah Board of Directors. Seats in Districts 2 and 4 were on the November 5, 2013 general election ballot. Marnie Maraldo ran unopposed and won the District 2 seat while Lisa Callan defeated Alison Meryweather for the District 4 seat.

The district has experienced significant enrollment increases in the past five years and the board is pursuing a February 2014 tax levy vote to expand facilities.

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.[1]


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%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
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[2]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]

Method of board member selection

The Issaquah Board of Directors consists of five members elected by district to four-year terms. There were no primaries as Districts 2 and 4 each had fewer than three candidates. Seats in Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections in Washington require candidates to pay filing fees equal to 1% of a position's annual salary. Board members in Issaquah can be reimbursed up to $4,800 for district activities but do not receive salaries, which eliminates the filing fee. Candidates were required to file nominating petitions by May 17, 2013 to qualify for the November ballot. Each candidate could also submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less by August 23, 2013 for the county's local voter pamphlet.[5]






Issaquah School District, Four-year term, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarnie Maraldo Incumbent 98.6% 16,350
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.4% 224
Total Votes 16,574
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 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

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $22,029.64 and spent a total of $19,865.93 during the election, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.[6]

In the District 2 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $22,029.64 and spent a total of $19,865.93.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Lisa Callan $22,029.64 $19,865.93 $2,163.71
Alison Meryweather $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections


Issaquah Board of Directors, District 1, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Moore 98.8% 18,670
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.2% 221
Total Votes 18,891
Source: King County Elections
Issaquah Board of Directors, District 3, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Deagle Incumbent 65.4% 14,230
     Nonpartisan Patrick Sansing 34.6% 7,520
Total Votes 21,750
Source: King County Elections
Issaquah Board of Directors, District 5, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Weaver Incumbent 63.4% 14,005
     Nonpartisan Brian Neville 36.6% 8,091
Total Votes 22,096
Source: King County Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbent Marnie Maraldo ran unopposed in District 2 for a second term on the board. The District 4 race featured Alison 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.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Issaquah School District election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
April 29, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions by mail
May 13, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions online or in-person
May 17, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Primary day
August 23, 2013 Last day to submit candidate materials for voter pamphlet
November 5, 2013 Election day
December 5, 2013 Certification of vote results

Additional elections on the ballot

The Issaquah School District race shared the ballot with additional city and county measures. Issaquah ballots featured a mayoral race and elections for four seats on the Issaquah City Council. Voters also found the following King County offices on the ballot:[10]

  • King County Executive
  • Metropolitan King County Council (Five seats)
  • King County Sheriff
  • King County Court of Appeals
  • King County Superior Court
  • Special districts
    • King County Airport
    • King County Fire Protection
    • King County Public Hospital
    • King County Water

Voters in Issaquah decided on Proposition 1, which would authorize $10 million in bonds to fund public parks and recreation programs. King County voters cast ballots on renewing an existing levy to fund emergency medical services and a proposition to create a Department of Public Defense. There were two statewide initiatives and five advisory votes on the November 5, 2013 ballot.[11]

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