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Wed Apr 24, 2024, 10:51 PM Apr 24

In WA education chief race, upstart candidate raises twice as much as incumbent

In the race to lead Washington’s public school system, Reid Saaris (D), a teacher and founder of an education nonprofit, has raised twice as much as the incumbent, Chris Reykdal (D).

“We’re definitely excited and honored by the support,” Saaris said. “It’s a testament to the message that really resonates with everyone I talk with … We’re Washington, and we can do better.”

As of Tuesday, Saaris has reported raising $211,522 in cash to the Public Disclosure Commission, but told the Standard the latest total is $233,000, far outpacing anyone else in the race to lead the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Reykdal has reported raising $102,884 and began the cycle with $12,140 from previous races. He said he’s raised more than that but declined to say how much.


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