October 31, 2013

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Lisa Callan has the best interests of district

When Lisa Callan told me she planned to run for a position on the Issaquah School Board, I was excited both for the Issaquah School District and for Lisa. Lisa has realistic, implementable, and compelling ideas; she is a collaborative team player; and she is dedicated to having a positive influence on this district and the education it provides. Lisa brings skill, thought, intelligence and integrity to every table; her glass is always half full.

Lisa Callan has a knack for putting new ideas into action. As vice president of programs for the Grand Ridge PTSA, Lisa implemented two new programs: Grizzly Guys, a group of fathers and men who encourage male participation in school activities; and the Cultural Diversity Council, a group of multicultural parents who create and implement a weekly cultural curriculum for Grand Ridge students. Lisa also brought the Bellevue Art Museum’s Art of Discovery Project to Grand Ridge. This traveling exhibit showcases art pieces created by Northwest artists and provides a corresponding curriculum for elementary-aged students.

Speaking as a parent and as a teacher in the district, I want someone like Lisa Callan on my district’s school board. She is accessible and approachable; she keeps the best interests of the district’s community, staff, parents, and students in mind; and she cooperates with other leaders to find common ground and implementable solutions.

Vote Lisa Callan for Issaquah School Board on Nov. 5.

Kari Leon, former co-president

Grand Ridge PTSA


Alison Meryweather for equal opportunity

I’m supporting Alison Meryweather for the Issaquah School Board. Alison believes that all kids should have the same opportunities to excel in school.

We are very fortunate to live in a community where most parents have the means to support our schools and provide the ‘extras’ that make a big difference in a high quality education. However, not everybody has the means to provide those extras. As a long-time community activist, I’ve worked with those families and kids that struggle. Sometimes, it’s that the last family dollar has been spent after both parents get home from work.

Sometimes, it’s even more challenging with special needs, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness issues. All the issues that burden a young mind when they come to the school house door.

Alison understands that the classroom is not sealed off from the community around it and classroom success depends on the community addressing the social issues that can hold kids back. I’ve seen Alison’s passion to get involved first hand and her commitment to understanding the whole child is without match. Her willingness to speak to it and not sweep it under the rug because it’s awkward or politically incorrect underlines her convictions. All children come with unique circumstances.

Alison has the extensive experience, energy, passion and, for me, the compassion that makes for an effective school board member. I urge you to vote for Alison Meryweather for the Issaquah School Board Nov. 5.

Jim Berry



We need John Drescher for city council

I am writing in full support of John C. Drescher for Newcastle City Council. In the important work on the City Council, it would be terrific to have a voice of common sense and experience like John’s. He has served Newcastle well on the Planning Commission since April of 2010, and as its chairman since August of 2012. He has handled the complicated and important work of the comp plan (Newcastle 2035) with great skill and would be an excellent addition to the City Council.

John has lived in Newcastle since 2005 with his wife Sally, and has since added three children. He is a successful tech leader in our region and has vast experience in public policy issues. He gets along well with everyone and has shown a great ability to find consensus on the Planning Commission in the best interest of Newcastle. I should know, as I have served with him the entire time he has been on it.

John has been endorsed by both prominent Democrats and Republicans and nearly all of the current City Council and Planning Commission. And he was recently endorsed by the Newcastle News. To learn more about John and his campaign — please visit his website at johndrescher.com.

Rob Lemmon



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