About

CANDIDATE STATEMENT

In the wake of district layoffs and major funding shortfalls, new leadership is needed after 16 years of the same approach. I bring a fresh perspective. I’m the parent of three children served by the district. Student outcomes and success should drive our budget priorities. Addressing funding issues in our district requires advocating at the state level as well as providing detailed oversight and accountability within our district budget.

All students should have equitable access to a quality education that charts a path to success, whether that path includes college, the trades, or another career path. Strong school systems include curricula that value the cultural, social, emotional and learning needs of all, which should be reflected in our budget decisions.

Our educators, who spend every day with students, are our best source for understanding student needs. I will advocate for a shared decision-making process and quality professional development. I will champion clear communication and accessible tools to engage educators, parents, students, and the community with important decisions.

I’m endorsed by the Edmonds Education Association, which represents teachers and other certificated district staff, the Everett Herald Editorial Board, 21st and 32nd LD Democrats, the Sierra Club and Washington Progressive Caucus. See my endorsement page for a full list.

 

Thank you,

Rory Graves


OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I’ve worked as a substitute teacher and a grant research assistant at a public school. My career also includes newsroom and media roles, with stints at ParentMap, PBS member station KCTS 9 and Crosscut. I’ve served on the Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s board of directors for the past 5 years, and have advocated with legislators for policies to prevent domestic and gun violence, including helping pass comprehensive background checks on all gun sales in Washington. My role as a board member includes being tasked with the fiduciary oversight of substantial funding. Additionally I've managed budgets throughout my professional career.


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University

COMMUNITY SERVICE

I have served as a Girl Scout troop leader for troop 40445 for the past four years. I’ve served on the board of directors for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation for five years and I volunteer on multiple school committees at my children’s school.