Monday evening at the Key Peninsula Home Fire Station, the KP Democrats Club sponsored a forum of all candidates for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
One candidate, former state representative Larry Seaquist, announced he will run instead for election to the Legislature’s 26th District seat in an effort to unseat Rep. Jessie Young.
The event’s lead speaker, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, provided an overview of the responsibilities and problems of the office. Dorn also categorically declared that he is not a candidate for Washington state governor.
OSPI candidates Chris Reykdal, David Spring and Erin Jones addressed the gathering, providing answers to questions as well as promoting their campaigns for the office.
“The House Democratic leadership asked me to run to return to the legislature,” said Seaquist, who has been campaigning statewide talking with educators and voters about how to fully fund all schools in the state per the state Supreme Court’s decision in the McCleary case. “I’ve been asked to bring my leadership back to the legislature. I look forward to talking with citizens all over our district about their ideas for making sure that all of our kids can succeed in school and in life. Now is the time for all of us, Republicans, Democrats and independents to work together to ensure all our kids have the best possible education.”