State superintendent candidate forum in Pasco on July 25

Washington State School Superintendent Randy Dorn is not running for re-election.
Washington State School Superintendent Randy Dorn is not running for re-election. Associated Press

Those wanting to learn more about the numerous candidates seeking the state’s top education post are invited to a candidate forum on July 25 in Pasco.

Six of the nine candidates for state superintendent on the August primary ballot will be at the forum, organized by the League of Education Voters. It is the only one of four forums scheduled east of the Cascades by the organization.

The forum will be in a community café style, said Arik Korman, spokesman for the league. That means those attending will be seated in groups of eight to 10 people, with each candidate going around to field questions at the tables.

“It’ll be a chance for small groups to ask candidates questions,” he said.

State superintendent Randy Dorn is not seeking re-election to the post.

Candidates expected to be at the forum include West Richland’s Ron Higgins, a former Hanford site worker and substitute teacher who failed to take the seat from Dorn four years ago, coming in a distant second behind him in a primary election. Higgins has also tried in recent years to win a seat on the Richland School Board.

Other candidates who are attending include Robin Fleming, an administrator in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; Erin Jones, a Tacoma school district administrator; KumRoon Maksirisombat, a 30-year Seattle educator; Democratic state Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater; and David Spring, a parent and teacher from North Bend.

Candidates not attending the Pasco forum include John Patterson Blair, a former teacher and school board member from Vashon Island; Grazyna Prouty of Kent; and Al Runte, a former teacher, historian and author from Seattle.

The forum will go from 6 to 8 p.m. at the league’s Pasco office at the Goodwill Employment Training Center at 3521 W. Court St., Suite B.

Ballots for the primary election have already been mailed to registered voters. They are due back in a voter’s respective county auditor’s office or an official dropbox by 8 p.m. Aug. 2.