The Stranger

"Zachary Pullin DeWolf—young, progressive, indigenous—should be running for city council or state legislature. But DeWolf has set his sights on the school board, for some mysterious reason, the place where political ambitions go to die. But we need more voices like his, and if he thinks he can create a more equitable education system in Seattle by joining the school board, we're on his side. We've watched DeWolf evolve as a community activist over the last five years. He's served as Capitol Hill Community Council president, a Gender Justice League board member, a Seattle Housing Authority commissioner, and more. If he gets on the school board, DeWolf promises to push for "know your rights" trainings for undocumented students and their families and mandate racial and implicit bias trainings for district teachers and students. We wish DeWolf was running against parent and education activist Andre Helmstetter. Instead, he is running against Omar Vasquez, a tax attorney and former Teach for America high-school calculus teacher. But while Vasquez is happy to share campaign platitudes about closing the achievement gap and promoting equity, he wants to keep his involvement with a board that oversees the state's Summit charter schools under wraps. No thanks. Vote DeWolf."

Seattle Weekly

"The choice for District 5 School Board Director is between a business-minded technocrat and a social-justice warrior. Omar Vasquez is a Teach for America alum and business lawyer who sits on the board of a local charter school. Vasquez has said that he is “not a charter-school candidate,” but then added that charter schools may be “part of the mix” of public education in Seattle. “Working at Summit [charter school] allowed me to see what an innovative model looks like,” he told the 36th District Democrats. We are skeptical, to say the least, of that argument. His opponent, Zachary DeWolf, is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who learned Braille and then set up a school for it in Belize. He currently serves as the President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, where he was an early embracer of supervised-consumption sites and harm-reduction approaches to drug abuse and extreme poverty. Local and state Democrats have lined up to endorse DeWolf, and his resume is so packed with commissions and other civic service that it’s hard to get through the whole thing. Both candidates appear to view the School Board position as a stepping stone to higher office. That’s not necessarily a bad thing: Ambition can fuel progress. But progress toward what? Vasquez talks a good game about civic engagement and reducing inequity, but DeWolf’s track record as a public servant and his demonstrated commitment to social justice convince us that he is the best candidate."


Pullin DeWolf:

“Can we talk about the fact that the School Board has never had an out LGBTQIA member? ZPD will bring a REALLY important perspective and set of experiences with his know-how of low-income and renter communities and the ways in which schools can/should be supporting their youth. I’m all in on Zach.”

“ZPD is one of my absolute favorite people in the entire state. His empathy floors me every time.”

“Folks are skeptical about the idea of having someone on the school board who doesn’t have kids, but I think that’s kind of ridiculous because it basically says that only people WITH kids should care about schools. Literally, no schools are part of the economic pipeline that impact all of us, and people from all walks should have buy-in, especially when they have a perspective (queer, Native) that’s so different from the traditional school board membership.”


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Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle

University of Washington Young Democrats

Washington State Progressive Voters Guide

Seattle Weekly

Elected Officials

U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-07)

King County Executive Dow Constantine

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib

Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives Frank Chopp

State Senator Bob Hasegawa (D-11)

State Senator Maralyn Chase (D-32)

State Senator John McCoy (D-38)

State Senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43)

State Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37)

State Representative Cindy Ryu (D-32)

State Representative Nicole Macri (D-43)

State Representative Gerry Pollet (D-46)

Former State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-43)

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott

Seattle City Mayor Tim Burgess

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold

Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson

Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez

Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González

Seattle School Board Director Jill Geary

Seattle School Board Director Leslie Harris

Seattle School Board Director Betty Patu

Seattle School Board Director Rick Burke

Former School Board Director, District 1, Sally Soriano

Former Seattle City Mayor Charles Royer

Community Leaders

Estela Ortega, Executive Director at El Centro de la Raza*

Miguel Maestas, Local Activist*
Veronica A. Gallardo, Seattle Public School Parent, PTO VP**
Carla Mendez, Local Activist*
Hilda Magana, Educator, and Local Activist*

Elisa Miranda - Seattle Public School Parent, Local Activist*

Eden Mack, Washington's Paramount Duty Co-Founder Board Member* 

Summer Stinson, Washington's Paramount Duty Board Member*

Erin Jones, Former Candidate for State Superintendent* 
Danni Askini, Gender Justice League Executive Director*

Marina Gray, Parent Advocate/former PTA President*

Brett Hamil, Local Writer, and Comedian*

Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi, Chief Seattle Club Executive Director*

Teresa Mosqueda, labor leader, City Council Position 8 candidate*

Michael Maddux, Local Leader and Activist*

Bailey Stober, King County Democrats Chair*

Melissa Westbrook, Public Education Champion, Save Seattle Schools blogger*

*for identification purposes only