Marnie Maraldo

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Marnie Maraldo
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Issaquah School District, District 2
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 6
Legislative Representative
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLiberty University
Place of birthCoeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Marnie Maraldo currently represents District 2 on the Issaquah Board of Directors in Washington. She ran unopposed for re-election in the November 5, 2013 general election. Maraldo first won election to the board in 2009.


Maraldo earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Liberty University. She has previously worked at the Ames Aerospace Encounter and Cisco before focusing on volunteer work. Maraldo has participated in the Newcastle Elementary PTSA and Maywood Middle School PTSA in recent years. She and her husband have two children who attend district schools.[1]



See also: Issaquah School District elections (2013)


Maraldo sought a second term without opposition on November 5, 2013.


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


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


Maraldo won election to the board in the November 3, 2009, general election against Wright A. Noel.[3]

Issaquah Board of Directors, District 2, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarnie Maraldo 58.5% 12,261
     Nonpartisan Wright A. Noel 41.5% 8,697
Total Votes 20,958
Source: King County Elections

Campaign themes


Maraldo provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in King County:[4]

"Thank you for allowing me to serve on the Issaquah School Board since 2009. I am committed to the goals I held 4 years ago; our students need an education that meets their individual needs, considers their special aptitudes and provides ample opportunity to explore their interests and pursue a fulfilling career.

Our board worked diligently to communicate our district's performance and set goals for several measurements to move our district forward, highlighting areas for additional focus, allowing us to provide an excellent education for all students. I will work to find additional, robust measurements, set goals for those measurements and hold the district accountable for making progress toward those goals.

I represent the board as a member of WSDDA's Legislative Committee, NSBA's Federal Relations Network, Eastside Human Services and Friends of Youth - Issaquah Advisory Board. I was the board's Legislative Representative, advocating to the State and Federal Legislatures"

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

What was at stake?

Incumbent 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.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]


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%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
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[9]
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.[10][11]

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