I’ve known Geoffery McAnalloy since 2008 as members/officers of the 30th Legislative District Democrats. Later, our children attended elementary school together. I’ve been acquainted with Ed Barney since 2011 through his service on the Federal Way School Board. In our first conversation he defined himself as “conservative” in contrast to my “progressiveness.”
When I review my acquaintanceship with both candidates, it becomes clear to me that Barney is the correct choice for the District 1 position on the board.
I’m a regular attendee of both board meetings and work studies. I remember clearly after two work studies that Barney asked me what I thought. He has twice run the 140 miles from Seattle to Portland to raise money for the elementary school track program. On three occasions he heartily applauded the presentations of openly LBGT students. He agrees that “All Means All” in Federal Way Schools.
McAnalloy is not nearly as inclusive as Barney. I saw that with him twice within the Democratic Party and at the elementary school that both of our children once attended together. At that school, he alienated volunteers and teachers and created problems for a great principal. His actions were destructive at the PTA/community level.
Sometimes we have to overlook supposed politics and vote for the best qualified and most inclusive candidate. From my observations and experiences with both candidates, it is very clear that Barney is the better choice for school board.