Six candidates chasing two School Board seats


Staff writer

Six candidates have filed for the two Federal Way School Board positions up for election this fall.

Ed Barney and Grace Rawsthorne filed last week for District 1. Barney is the incumbent and has served on the board since being elected in 2001.

District 4 has four candidates, including Thomas Madden, the recent appointee. He is filling the rest of Earl VanDorien Jr.’s term after the latter resigned in April.

Madden is joined by Bob Wheeler, Helen Stanwell and Jim Storvick.

Wheeler and Storvick applied for the vacant seat along with Madden after VanDorien resigned. At the time, Wheeler said he was going to file for election regardless if the board appointed him.

Storvick had been considering running against VanDorien before he resigned and remained undecided when applying for the appointment. He is a former board member.

School board positions are non-partisan.

The primary election is Sept. 20 and the general election is Nov. 8.

Barney and Rawsthorne will head straight to the general election, since they are the only two candidates in District 1. In District 4, the candidates need to be culled from four to two. The two candidates that receive the largest number of votes in the primary will move to the general election.

Audrey Germanis, president of Citizens for Federal Way Public Schools, saidi she’s pleased to see neither district will have lone candidates.

Germanis’ group had been publicly encouraging people to run for School Board on the premise none of the incumbents should go unchallenged.

“Voters should have choices,” Germanis said.

The group plans to have a public forum for candidates to explain their positions and will suggest to voters what they should look for in a candidate, Germanis said.

Citizens for Student Learning, another education activist group, is hosting a forum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Intellipass building, 1925 S 341st PL, Federal Way. The public is invited.

Staff writers Erica Hall and Mike Halliday contributed to this report.

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