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Looker won’t campaign for Puyallup School Board

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on Aug. 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm with 5 Comments »
August 19, 2011 2:45 pm

A former professional football player who made a strong showing in Tuesday’s Puyallup School Board primary announced today that he won’t campaign for the seat in the November general election.

Dane Looker, 35, is seeking a seat in the state Legislature and said he doesn’t feel it’s appropriate to campaign for two offices at once.

He’ll focus his attention on the state race, he said.

However, he said he’ll serve as a School Board member if he’s elected without campaigning.

Here’s the news release from his camp:

25th District State House of Representatives candidate Dane Looker repeated his commitment to run for the State House of Representatives while suspending his campaign for the Puyallup School Board, despite his strong showing in this Tuesday’s primary election.
Shortly after Looker filed to run for the Puyallup School Board the retirement of Secretary of State Sam Reed set off a chain of events that led to several community leaders asking Looker to run for the State House of Representatives.  Looker explained, “I agreed to run for the legislature, but I believe it is inappropriate to campaign for more than one office at a time.  I announced that I would not actively campaign for the School Board, but that I would serve if voters elected me without campaigning. This Tuesday nearly 7,000 people entrusted me with their votes.  I am very grateful for this trust, but I must honor my original pledge to not actively campaign for the school board. “
“I believe my opponent Therese Pasquier is qualified, but I also believe voters deserve a choice” said Looker.
Looker’s State House campaign will focus on issues important to the district, “Washington State needs courageous leadership to tackle the major issues of our day: public education, job creation and balancing the state budget.  I can best serve the needs of our community and my family as a member of the State House.”

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  1. PolarBear53 says:

    Thanks for the waste vote dork!

  2. MomKnowsBest says:

    I believe it inapproriate for him to campaign for any elected office due to lack of inexperience and qualifications. It’s called paying some dues, not just having a name for catching footballs.

  3. HalfofJ2 says:

    It is nice to see a fresh face with moral integrity running in a government election.
    I guess “moms may not always know best” because there are many politicians out there who have “paid dues” in the past to get where they are… and look at where we are… as in our current government state of welfare.
    It would be like saying hands down veteran teachers are best. While veteran teachers are great, knowledgeable and wise… they can often be stuck in their ways. New teachers can offer fresh perspective and new ideas. What I am saying, is both can bring great things to the table when working together… so don’t discount somewhere for a lack of experience (which I am assuming you meant because I am not sure what lack of inexperience means in your post) or because they haven’t “paid their dues”. What an old naive way of thinking.
    Thank goodness there are better educated people out there who hold voter registrations cards… ones that are willing to do the footwork of reading up on politicians and choosing based on what a politician stands for rather than simply what they are known for (A last name, who catches footballs).
    Dane Looker is an intelligent leader with great moral character. Who wouldn’t want someone with his values in office?

  4. t_Johnson says:

    Years ago it was illegal to be listed on the ballot for two different offices.

  5. @t_Johnson

    It still is illegal, but the School Board race is this fall while the State House race is next fall.

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