Crenshaw withdraws from school board race
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:12 AM
MARYSVILLE Incumbent Marysville School Board Director Sherri Crenshaw will not be running for election to the district five seat she has held since her appointment last year but her name will still appear on the Aug. 21 primary ballot.
Crenshaw was appointed to fill a vacancy last summer and is being challenged by former Marysville City Councilwoman Lisa Vares and community activist Corrine Diteman.
Crenshaw is a former school teacher with three children attending Marysville schools and one daughter enrolled in college, and she said she still wants to serve on the board, but doesnt want to campaign for the seat. If nobody had filed for her seat Crenshaw said she would still be in the race but she isnt into making yard signs and stuff like that.
Im not really in favor of the whole campaign thing, Crenshaw said. Im not one to run a campaign.
She said she learned a great deal during her year on the board, where she was appointed to fill the remainder of Cindy Ericksons term. Erickson moved into director district two, and replaced former board member Carol Jason, who resigned. Crenshaw said a she found that a director can make a huge difference on some critical issues. She still wants to see the entire district improve math aptitude and hopes that the smaller learning communities at the districts three high schools will succeed.
You learn far more about the school system than you ever imagined. Crenshaw said.
Whatever her intentions, Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Diepenbrock said Crenshaws name will appear on the primary ballot and could possibly end up on the Nov. 6 general election ballot if Crenshaw is one of the top two voter-getters in the primary.
Theres no provision to be able to remove her name, under Washington state law, Diepenbrock said.
Going one step further, Crenshaw could win the election despite withdrawing and then it would be up to her to officially resign or the school board would have to refuse to seat her, if they had legal grounds.
It would still fall into their hands, Diepenbrock said.