Editor,

Our public schools and educational equity are so important to me that I upended my life earlier this year and ran for Northshore school board. I was knocked out in the primary, but that didn’t end my desire to see all of our students thrive in a safe and optimal learning environment.

That is why I am continuing to campaign. Not for my candidacy, but for my former opponent, incumbent Amy Cast, and the two other incumbents, Sandy Hayes and Jacqueline McGourty. 

As a parent, an informed voter and an active advocate for children, I trust that these three candidates will be champions for students and staff, thoughtful stewards of district resources, and responsible and responsive representatives. I believe they will act with integrity and weigh decisions carefully.

I know many were frustrated that the district was slow to bring back in-person learning when public health experts recommended reopening schools in the spring. I know some wanted the board to provide more direct communication and perhaps display more compassion. I hear you and your reservations are valid.

I also know that people can learn and become better versions of themselves. I can’t let that issue be the deciding factor in casting my vote. I hope you will all consider doing the same. 

My main concern for our district is making sure we uphold educational equity, particularly for our underrepresented students. I will continue to do everything I can to work toward that end. And I believe supporting Cast, Hayes and McGourty is a part of that.

Signed,

Jasmine Lee Fry - Woodinville

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