Lisa Callan

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Lisa Callan
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Issaquah School District, District 4
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthern Arizona University
Campaign website
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Lisa Callan currently represents District 4 on the Issaquah Board of Directors in Washington. She defeated incumbent Alison Meryweather in the November 5, 2013 general election. Callan campaigned for educational policies that take student health and development into account and greater resources for teachers.


Callan earned a Bachelor's degree in Math from Northern Arizona University. She worked for 14 years with Boeing before pursuing a career as a project management consultant. Callan has volunteered with the Clare Beckett Guild for Children's Hospitals and King County United Way. She and her husband have a child attending district schools.[1][2]



See also: Issaquah School District elections (2013)


Callan ran for election to the District 4 seat against incumbent Alison Meryweather 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


Callan reported $22,029.64 in contributions and $19,865.93 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $2,163.71 on hand.[3]


Callan's campaign website listed the following endorsements in 2013:[4]

Campaign themes


Callan's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[5]

Future-driven education

"My son is going to graduate in 2023. We can’t predict what the world will look like in ten years, but we have an obligation to prepare our students for that future. I want to be a part of ensuring our schools are future driven. Technologies, job skills, the economy, and the global state of affairs are anything but stagnant. We can’t accurately predict what things are going to look like down the road, but we must be sure our kids are prepared and ready to enter the world, whatever it looks like, when it is their time. Every year counts in preparing our kids for the future."

More than just academics

"Our kids face challenges we never dreamed of. We know that their social, emotional, mental, and physical well-being is just as important as their academic successes. Without well-rounded health, they will struggle to learn even from the best of teachers. Whatever the issues are: academic performance, language barriers, economic limitations, stress, bullying, depression, or even drugs or alcohol, we have to come together as a community to address these things head on."


"I believe creating an environment for our teachers to reach their fullest potential, opens the door for our kids to reach theirs. Every teacher deserves the resources they need to reach our kids. Every teacher changes lives."

Intelligent, fiscally responsible decisions

"I want to be a part of helping bring all this together, to ensure that we are making the tough decisions based on what is best for our kids. Decisions about what our kids are being taught, decisions about how to prepare and support our teachers, and decisions about how we provide it all both generously and responsibly."

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 Alison Meryweather running for her first full term against Callan. Meryweather and Callan were finalists for appointment to the District 4 seat in March 2013 to replace Chad Magendanz.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]


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%.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
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[10]
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.[11] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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