Northshore School District board member Dawn McCravey announced on May 9 that she is running for the State Senate from the 1st Legislative District.
The 1st District represents portions of northeast King County and south Snohomish County, including areas of Bothell and Mountlake Terrace and has been represented by long-time Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-Bothell).
McCravey cited the legislature’s failure to enact education reform and fully fund the state’s schools as the primary reason for her candidacy. “I am running because we have an education crisis in this state and our kids are the ones suffering,” she said. “Vital reforms are being blocked in the senate and it’s time for a change.”
Washington ranks near the bottom nationally in high school graduation rate, education reforms and per pupil funding, according to McCravey.
“The answer is simple really,” McCravey added. “Education in this state needs both reform and resources and it’s currently not getting enough of either. There is a broad coalition advocating reform of our schools but the effort has stalled in the Senate. Important bills were sometimes not even given a hearing in the Education Committee. We have to change that. We must put our kids ahead of the special interests.”
McCravey was first elected to the Northshore School Board in 2007, and served as president of the board from 2009-11. A former special education teacher, she was re-elected to the board last year. Dawn and her husband Lee have six kids, and four grandchildren. They live in Bothell.