Voters should choose Leslie Harris for Seattle School Board District 6

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VOTERS should oust incumbent Marty McLaren from Seattle School Board District 6 and bring in longtime parent advocate Leslie Harris.

Harris’ years of volunteering on Parent Teacher Student Association boards and a commitment to tracking school policies and budgets, as well as her conviction to take the school board in a new direction, puts her ahead of McLaren and challenger Nick Esparza.

Harris is a detail-oriented, analytical thinker who aims to create better transparency and communication between the school board and the children and families it serves. She will demand better accountability and educational outcomes from board policies.

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Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris

Seattle School Board District 6

Strengths: Detail-oriented, analytical thinker; will demand better accountability and educational outcomes

Harris’ years of volunteering on Parent Teacher Student Association boards and a commitment to tracking school policies and budgets, as well as her conviction to take the school board in a new direction, puts her ahead of McLaren and challenger Nick Esparza. ..."

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She has worked for the past 30 years as a litigation paralegal, researching worker safety cases and laws.

McLaren, a former schoolteacher, has served on the board for four years. She considers herself a consensus-builder, but was unable to provide a substantive example of her record at a meeting with The Seattle Times editorial board. She also came across as complacent about past board dysfunction and the need to improve district and board communication with families.

Esparza ran against McLaren in the last election for District 6. He has strong views on school finance and reducing testing, but lacks the leadership experience and skills to show he could be an effective board director.

Harris, who may come across as abrasive in her critiques of board policies and decisions, will need to demonstrate her ability to collaborate with other board members and find solutions — not just problems.