In the race for District 5 representative, Position 2, between former Issaquah School Board president Chad Magendanz and educator David Spring, Magendanz was prepared to declare victory Tuesday night as he held on to a 10 point margin.
The first results showed Magendanz with 54.81 percent of the vote, to Spring’s 45.08 percent.
Speaking by phone from the Bellevue Hyatt, Magendanz said his first focus in Olympia would be the funding of education. Magendanz said he has already been working with the joint task force on education and hopes to be on the education committee and address a lawsuit on school funding.
Magendanz said Brian Deagle has been appointed as the Issaquah School Board president.
Spring, reached at home, said he is going to watch the numbers in the next couple of days.
“I am happy to get 45 percent of the vote considering I was outspent 30 to one,” Spring said. “What I am disappointed about is that we have the among the lowest school funding in America in east King County, the largest class sizes, but we also pay among the highest taxes in America. The person I’m running against is going to continue that system.”
He blames inadequate school funding on big corporate tax breaks, robbing the future of millions of children.
“My only sadness is this will continue for the next two years. I am only sad for my children,” he said. I will continue to speak out on this issue, and I will continue to see what happens. I’m not ready to concede this election because I’m getting ready for the next election.” Spring said.