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Puyallup candidate who suspended campaign will advance in schools race

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Aug. 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm with No Comments »
August 16, 2011 8:52 pm

A general election showdown for a seat on the Puyallup School Board appears to be set, and it could be a close race, if early returns from today’s primary election are any indication.

Therese Ngo Pasquier and Dane Looker were running neck and neck, with more than 40 percent of the early vote going to each of them. Michael D. Powell was running a distant third.

Pasquier, who works as development director for the Tacoma Philharmonic, was slightly ahead of Looker, a retired wide receiver in the National Football League.

Looker had suspended his school campaign earlier this summer after saying he was pursuing a bid next year for state Legislature. But he told The News Tribune last week he would “gratefully serve” in both elected positions. He said that if he made a solid showing in today’s primary, he would actively campaign for school board before the Nov. 8 general election.

Pasquier said she had no hard feelings against Looker and was running on her own merits.

The Position 2 seat is being vacated by incumbent Cindy Poysnick.

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