Issaquah School Board incumbents return

December 1, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

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Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver retain seats

In the races for the two contested seats on the Issaquah School Board, the two incumbents outdistanced their general election opponents by similar margins.

“I’m glad to see the results the way they are,” board member Brian Deagle said shortly after initial vote totals were available.

Suzanne Weaver

Brian Deagle

As of Nov. 30, final numbers show Deagle defeated challenger Patrick Sansing 14,230 to 7,520 or 65 percent to 34.4 percent.

The other incumbent, Suzanne Weaver, outpaced challenger Brian Neville 14,005 to 8,091, or 63 percent to 36.5 percent.

Anne Moore will join the board in January; she ran unopposed for the seat to be vacated by board President Jan Colbrese.

Like Deagle, Weaver also expressed gratitude over the results.

“I’m obviously pleased,” Weaver said, adding she was grateful Deagle will be returning to the board as well.

“I think we have a very good team,” she said, adding that Moore will be a good addition to the board.

“I’m grateful for all the support I received,” Sansing said.

He reiterated a contention made numerous times during the election, namely that Issaquah schools are good, but could be better. He then vowed to stay active within the schools in any way he can.

“I’m generally relatively pleased with the results,” Neville said, adding that’s especially the case as he ran a fairly low-key campaign. He also noted there was no one burning issue that framed the board elections.

Neville said he ran mostly to provide Weaver some competition. Like Sansing, Neville intends to stay involved with the schools and may be facing voters in coming years.

During the campaign, Deagle said his main goal is to give Issaquah school graduates assurances that they are prepared to enter the world, ready for whatever comes after high school.

“We have fallen short of that in a number of ways because we are limited by our resources,” he said. He added that finances dictate teacher availability, which in turn dictates and limits what classes schools can offer.

Weaver praised the district for keeping students center stage in a time of massive financial distractions, but said leaders need to deal with those hurdles.

“It’s frustrating,” Weaver said. “Every time we start to deal with an issue and make some headway, we suddenly have to figure a way to pay for it.”

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