THE Bellevue School District must confront severe school overcrowding and problems in its special-education program, among many other challenges.

The Times recommends Bellevue voters elect My-Linh Thai to the School Board. She is the best choice to help the board manage these efforts with an eye toward educational equity and maintaining Bellevue’s academic quality.

Thai, a pharmacist, gained education experience volunteering for Bellevue schools. She organized the Math Olympiad, a statewide math competition for Tyee Middle School, chaired Reflections, an annual national arts competition, and served on the board of the Bellevue PTSA council.

Expectations that Thai can succeed at the policy level are rooted in her proven abilities at grass-roots organizing.

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The city of Bellevue’s vitality and quality of life are intimately linked to its top-notch schools.

Ed Luera offers a thoughtful candidacy and a civic track record built around coaching community football and track teams in Bellevue. A vice president for Clise Properties, Luera decided to run to help the board address school overcrowding and maintain Bellevue’s academic quality. Luera acknowledges that he has not attended School Board meetings. The third candidate in the race is Erik Fretheim.

Thai has built relationships with the school system through her extensive volunteer work. She has a better grasp of the inner workings of the school system.