This November, voters will participate in school board elections on the Eastside and across the state. These elections matter because school board directors serve as the voice of the community in our public schools; that’s why attracting a strong field of candidates is so important.
Between now and election day we’ll be sharing important information with you about the school board races in play.
First up, Bellevue School District, where two school board positions are open.
District #3 (currently held by Chris Marks). Here’s a map of District 3 boundaries. Click here for a written description of the area.
District #5 (currently held by My-Linh Thai). Here’s a map of District 5 boundaries. Click here for a written description.
Who can run?
From the Bellevue School District:
Candidates for School Board must be a:
- Registered voter in the school district
- Registered voter in the director district within the school district
- To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington State and at least 18 years old by Election Day.
Neither a Board member nor his/her spouse or interdependent family members may be employed by the school district, except when the Board member’s spouse was employed by the district before the election or appointment to the Board.
How to get started
From the Bellevue School District
Candidates who meet the legal qualifications above must file a Declaration of Candidacy with King County Elections within the filing period in May. There is no filing fee. Primary Election Day is in August. However, if no more than two people file for a position, there is no primary election for that position.
About Bellevue School District
From the District website:
We serve most of the city of Bellevue and the smaller surrounding communities of Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point and Beaux Arts. We also serve portions of Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond and unincorporated King County.
Our schools include: 15 regular elementary schools, one Spanish Immersion elementary school, one Mandarin dual language elementary school, five regular middle schools, four regular high schools and two choice schools (grades 6-12).