Candidates for local school boards won’t officially file to run for office until mid-May in preparation for later summer and fall elections. But some Pierce County school board members are already signaling their intent.
Tacoma School Board member Debbie Winskill, currently serving as board president, said she’s ready for a fifth term on the board.
“I love educational issues,” she said. “I have five grandchildren in the (school) system, with three more to come.”
Tacoma School Board members are elected at large, and serve for six years. Winskill’s position is the only Tacoma board seat up for election this year.
In Puyallup, veteran school board member Greg Heath has announced that he will not seek a fourth term. But incumbent board member Pat Donovan said he does plan to run again.
Heath was first elected to the Puyallup board in 2001. Donovan was appointed in January 2009 and subsequently elected to the post in November 2009.
Board members in Puyallup and in the remainder of Pierce County’s school districts serve four-year terms. Several districts will also have two-year positions, to fill unexpired terms, on the ballot this year. In many districts, candidates must reside in a particular area of their school district that they are elected to represent.
Altogether, there are more than 40 school board seats in Pierce County that are up for election this year.
To learn more, visit the Pierce County Auditor’s Office website.