|Issaquah School District, District 2|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Place of birth||Coeur d'Alene, Idaho|
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.
Maraldo sought a second term without opposition on November 5, 2013.
|Issaquah School District, Four-year term, District 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Marnie Maraldo Incumbent||98.6%||16,350|
|Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013|
Maraldo reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Maraldo won election to the board in the November 3, 2009, general election against Wright A. Noel.
|Issaquah Board of Directors, District 2, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Wright A. Noel||41.5%||8,697|
|Source: King County Elections|
Maraldo provided the following statement for the 2013 Local Voters' Pamphlet in King County:
"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.
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. 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.
About the district
- See also: Issaquah School District, Washington
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%.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- The Campaign to Elect Marnie Maraldo, "About," accessed August 21, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- King County Elections, "November 3, 2009 General Election Results," accessed August 21, 2013
- King County Elections, "Local Voters' Pamphlet," accessed October 14, 2013
- Sammamish Review, "Lisa Callan and Alison Meryweather named final two Issaquah School Board candidates," March 12, 2013
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections," accessed August 21, 2013
- The Issaquah Press, "Early school levy decision welcome," August 20, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Issaquah," accessed August 21, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014